The “cinqku” is a new Tanka analogue; a seventeen syllable cinquain that assimilates as much as possible from the Japanese haiku and Tanka traditions into the English poetic tradition.
Form Type: Syllabic
Creator: Denis M. Garrison
Number of Lines: 5
Rhyme Scheme: Not Applicable
Meter: Not applicable
1. A strict syllable count (2,3,4,6,2) making 17 syllables on 5 lines
2. No title
3. Tanka style free diction and syntax
4. No metrical requirement
5. A turn that may be similar to kireji or a cinquain turn.
Cinqku’s can be linked. A linked sequence may have a title.
five cold years
but never gone –
our bedroom’s fragrant with
Denis M. Garrison
A primary concern for the cinqku is the effective use of the line break.
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