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
Origins: American
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
her scent

Denis M. Garrison

A primary concern for the cinqku is the effective use of the line break.

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My example

fires burn
far away
unseen ashes –
are felt and smelled upon
the wind

© Lawrencealot – October 7, 2014

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