Finding Poetic Inspiration

Here at Word Weaving, Jules and I understand the need for poetic inspiration. Where do you find it, and how do you go about acquiring this precious commodity?

I dedicated a section in Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry to just that subject. Inspiration is everywhere. But not everyone feels that way.

Here are a few suggestions to find your own poetic inspiration:

  • Get outside in nature. Go for walks and observe the world around you.
  • Take notes. Keep your observations and thoughts in a notebook or on your phone.
  • Take photos. If you photograph your inspiration, you can write about how the photo captured the scene and memorialized it for that moment in time.
  • Write about your own experiences.
  • Read other poetry written by the greats and new poets.
  • Free write your thoughts for five minutes and see what inspires you.
  • Create a vision board!

Yes… create a vision board for your poetry. This is a fun exercise. If you love to take photos, create a vision board for your poem.

Vision board created with Canva.com

I used a vision board to create this haiku. I went through a bunch of photos on Canva.com for inspiration.

Things to note:

  1. Haiku are untitled.
  2. My syllable count is 3-5-3.
  3. My kigo is loud thunder—which signifies a season (really any season). It can thunder in all four seasons depending on where you live in the United States.
  4. The ending should be a surprise. This is the pivot. That is when you talk about one thing and then switch to talking about another thing. In my haiku, sunshine rain is the pivot.
  5. The pivot is where we create that juxtaposition of divergent or convergent images that compliment each other. We recognize this reaction as the “aha” moment.

We hear the thunder and see the clouds swirling. Then, the sun breaks through and the rain begins to fall. It looks like it’s raining sunshine. It’s a magical moment, one that you can remember by immortalizing it with a haiku.

We can use vision boards for many kinds of literary inspiration. Charli Mills, from Carrotranch.com, taught me how to use a vision board in her “Vision Planting” class I took with her this spring.

Charli Mills’ advice:

“Represent your vision with the tools of manifestation—use a vision board to create poetry.” @Charli_Mills #inspiration

Create a vision board for your poetry! Don’t forget to submit it to the Word Weaving Poetry Journal HERE.

Word Weaving Submissions are Open

Who’s ready to write syllabic poetry? Submissions are open for the first edition of Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse until July 15, 2021. Isn’t it time to get your poetry published?

We publish haiku, senryu, haiga, gogyohka, tanka, tanka prose, haibun, cinquain poetry including any cinquain variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, and Diatelle syllabic poetry forms.

We are looking for poetry that moves us, whether from up-and-coming writers or established greats. We seek work that captures us from the first sentence and doesn’t let go. Make your poetry memorable, so it commands our attention whether by its intellectual vision, emotional honesty, or spiritual wholeness.

We welcome and encourage work from writers of every nationality, race, religion, sexuality, and gender, including all writers with unique abilities as we are all differently abled, and writers whose perspectives and experiences are often under-represented in the literary world. We would like to think that writers in ‘Masters of Fine Arts’ programs would allow those with less experience to have the ability to have more exposure here and would kindly refrain from submissions.

Please read the sample poetry HERE so you know what we are looking for. When you’re ready, follow the directions on the SUBMISSIONS page.

Colleen M. Chesebro & JulesPaige
Founding Editors

Tips & Tricks for Submissions to Literary Journals

Syllabic poetry has specific rules that should always be followed when submitting poetry to literary journals. No one likes rejections. Here are a few things that poets should watch out for:

  1. Count your syllables and the number of lines specified for the form you are writing. Then, double-check your poem before submission. At Word Weaving, we use sodacoffee.com to check syllables.
  2. Check your spelling. Word Weaving reserves the right to correct minor mistakes. We also recognize American and British spelling.
  3. Does your poem need a title? Do your research on which forms require a title or not.
  4. Examine the sample poetry. Does your poetry look like the samples?
  5. Do not capitalize the first letter of each line of your poem. We understand Word and WordPress naturally capitalize the first word on each line, but it’s incorrect in Japanese poetry and most syllabic forms. Write your poetry like a pro… don’t capitalize!
  6. Here are the basic rules for the syllabic forms. Make sure you know how to write the forms before you submit.

Kindly,

Colleen M. Chesebro & JulesPaige, Editors

Announcing the Theme for the 1st Word Weaving Poetry Journal

The theme:

The Moons of Autumn

We accept submissions from May 15 through July 15 for our first October issue. There is no submission fee.

We publish haiku, senryu, haiga, gogyohka, tanka, tanka prose, haibun, cinquain poetry including any cinquain variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, and Diatelle syllabic poetry forms. We would love to see your work.

Please review the submissions page below.

Kindly,

Colleen M. Chesebro & JulesPaige, Editors

Introducing: Word Weaving—A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse

Word Weaving began as a creative experiment between two poetic friends, Colleen Chesebro and JulesPaige, birthed from our combined love for writing syllabic poetry on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com. Those Tanka Tuesday poetry challenges got us thinking. What if we published a yearly poetry journal of syllabic verse to encourage emerging poets?

Jules and I are excited to contribute to the writing community. Our aim is to be a small, online, and print poetry journal that shares thoughtful syllabic poetry with uplifting fresh voices while supporting established ones. There are no submission fees. Read our submissions page to learn more.

The proceeds from the sale of this journal will be used to sponsor a yearly poetry contest on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com to be announced in 2022. Prizes will be determined at a later date. We will keep the cost of the ebook and the print book low enough to make it affordable for all poetry lovers.

Submissions Open May 15, 2021, when we will announce the theme of the first edition. Sign up for our email below so you don’t miss the date.

Thanks for embarking on this poetic journey with us. We look forward to reading your submissions.

Kindly,

Colleen M. Chesebro & JulesPaige

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