INFORM POETS – CINQKU

The CINQKU was invented by Denis Garrison as a closer analogue to haiku than the American Cinquain (Adelaide Crapsey), minimizing the utility of the line break technique. Cinqku follows a strict 17-syllable count arranged in five successive lines of 2-3-4-6-2 syllables. No title is used for single verse cinqku poems which are written in haiku- style free diction and syntax with no metrical requirement; a turn is used that may be similar to kireji in haiku or cinquain. Sequence, crown, and mirror, cinqku may be titled.

WALT’S CINQKU:

poems
from the heart
expressed in love
touch and caress the soul
sweetly

© Copyright Walter J Wojtanik – 2014

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JANE’S CINQKU OFFERINGS:

thirteen
turkeys graze
plowed fields, free range
vulnerable as ducks
sitting

(C) Copyright Jane Shlensky – 2014

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Jane’s Crown Cinqku

Forecast

trees cast
shadow veins
across snow—like
nature’s nerves fingering
out, tense

pretense
casts shadows
hiding icy
glint behind sunny sheen
white lies

warmth lies
wind-slanted
thawing cold light,
wintry blasts contrite; truth
recasts

(C) Copyright Jane Shlensky – 2014