Cinqku, a strict form analog of minimalist tanka, is a form I created. My 2005 Haiku Harvest editorial, many of my own cinqku, and a brief new article (January 2020) describing my final prosody of cinqku, have been uploaded. The link is on the Essays & Articles Page. Here is the introduction to the final prosody article: “This very brief edit of my original 2005 prosody of the cinqku is my last word on this matter. I developed cinqku as a haiku analog, hence the 17-syllable requirement. However, after much experience with this form, I found it to be intrinsically a set form variety of minimalist tanka. Inasmuch as minimalist tanka written originally in English had long been practiced, the innovation in this form consists in the strict form requirements. It is my considered opinion that the inherent advantages of strictly formal verse operate maximally in the most radically brief forms. That is to say, the risk of formulaic excess present in all formal poetry is minimized by the skillful practice of radical brevity.” Read and download Cinqku here.
ESSAYS & ARTICLES PAGE has been added to this blog which provides some of the essays, articles, editorials, etc., which I have written over the last few decades. They may be of use and interest to tanka, haiku, and cinquain poets, readers, academics, publishers, etc. They are not in chronological order because they were not originally written as an intentional series. I hope you find something here that is worthwhile to you. The blog menus in the header and in the right sidebar include links to the new Essays & Articles page. Read and download Essays & Articles here.