The Cleave Poetry Webzine [ISSN: 1758-9223]

The cintanquainka poetic form by Michael Williams

In announcement, submission on May 5, 2009 at 9:28 pm

A Whole New Form

this verse

bright as a diamond


a brand-new combination

the cintanquainka form

made for all my friends

two classic forms combined in one

as a twist of something new

spin out a cintanquainka

try it


This idea was sparked by a mistaken comment in a Cinquain thread about using Tanka form. It triggered a thought and I was off. This is a combination of a Cinquain and a Tanka, mixing the two syllable requirements. I’ve juggled the mixing of the lines just a bit, so it begins and ends with a two syllable line in order to make a poetry game using it work better. This also happens to keep the classic tanka pair of 7-syllable lines together.

The syllable count by line is:

2 / 5 / 4 / 7 / 6 / 5 / 8 / 7 / 7 / 2

Just because I have a twisted mind, I made my first two posts a Cleave Poem of sorts: the Cinquain lines can be read as one verse and the Tanka lines as another or the whole can be read as one verse. Michael Williams.

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