#TheWombwellRainbow #PoeticFormsChallenge. It is weekly. Sixteen is a #Katauta. I will post the challenge to create a first draft of a poetic form by the following late Sunday. Please email your first draft to me, including an updated short, third person bio and a short prose piece about the challenges you faced and how you overcame them. Except when I’m working at the supermarket I am always ready to help those that get stuck. I will blog my progress throughout the week. Hopefully it may help the stumped. Also below please find links to helpful websites.


Katuata, X, side poem or half poem) is emotive verse. Intuitive rather than logical;

the katuata asks a sudden question or makes an emotional statement and then responds to it.

This is a stand alone,

3 line poem, however it is often written as a side poem to the renga.

This dates back to 8th century Japan found in the Manyoshu (the oldest collection of Japanese poetry)

Katuata is

, 19 syllables or less.usually a tercet. 5-7-7.

This can also be reduced to a 5-7-5 syllable count if desired. 。

emotive not necessarily logical.

lost in haze of doubt

thoughts of you fog my vision will mist clear?

in due season

– Judi Van Gorder

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