The history of Inkstone Poetry Forum, a few guidelines, a few poems, and how to join.
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Post by Susan Constable » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:06 pm

Welcome to the Inkstone Poetry Forum

Inkstone Poetry was created in honor of Jane Reichhold (1937-2016), writer, poet, translator, publisher, teacher, mentor, and friend. Our primary purpose is to continue Jane’s legacy by fostering the writing of Japanese short-form poetry in English. To this end, we have created the Inkstone Poetry Forum, an international community that welcomes anyone with a sincere interest in writing haiku, tanka, or their related forms.

We hope our guidelines (below) will help you decide if this forum is what you're looking for in a workshop experience. Please take a moment to read a selection of poems by some of our Inkstone members, then continue to the bottom of the page for instructions on how to become a member. We look forward to meeting you!

Posting Your Work

Inkstone is primarily a workshopping forum, so the posting of poems and constructive critiques are an essential part of membership. It might be helpful to think of this site as a potluck dinner. Please attend with your generous contributions, read and comment in the spirit of reciprocity, and interact considerately with other members. If you’d prefer to simply drop in, grab a bite, leave your calling card and move on, then Inkstone probably isn’t your best bet. However, if your application is accepted, you’re welcome to join us for three months and see if this forum fits your needs.

This is a definitely a place for poets to share their haiku, tanka, senryu, kyoka, sequences, and poetry + prose works. While all these forms are welcome, we ask that you not label your poems as 'senryu' or 'kyoka' in the Topic’s Subject box. If you use these terms when commenting on a poem, please refrain from using them in a disparaging or evaluative way.

Please restrict your own poems for workshopping to no more than one per day in any one forum, up to a maximum of three per week per forum. This insures that every poem gets the time and attention it deserves.

Responding to Others

Comments are the lifeblood of the forum, so we ask that for every piece you post, you write substantive, informative comments on the work of at least two other poets in the same forum. A thread established by another poet is not the place to post your own work even if citing it as an example.

Please keep your comments focused on the poem or topic under discussion, without expressing your opinion about the poet. Constructive criticism is welcome, but remember to acknowledge the strengths of the piece under discussion, and keep all comments courteous, respectful, and kind.

One successful way of critiquing involves sandwiching your suggestions, criticisms, and questions in between opening and closing comments that are positive and encouraging. Some people respond well to praise, others to minor suggestions, and some to a healthy dose of constructive criticism.

You will find the forum a friendly place where members enjoy getting to know each other; however, we discourage long private conversations not directly relevant to the poem under discussion. If you wish to chat about non-poetry matters, please use the Private Message system, maintaining the same standard of courtesy expected in the forums. Each forum has one or more moderators who are dedicated to fostering poetry in a safe and educational atmosphere. If you have problems or suggestions regarding Inkstone, please contact one of the moderators or the Head Moderator, whose name appears at the bottom of this page.

The above guidelines Posting Your Work and Responding to Others are requests and, as a courtesy to others, members are expected to follow them. If a member repeatedly and / or flagrantly disregards these guidelines a moderator will send a PM asking the poet to abide by them in future. Moderators may also post reminders about the guidelines in a particular forum.

Code of Conduct

Poems or discussion threads that treat controversial topics are acceptable, but condoning violence, racism, or hatred against any group or individual will not be tolerated. Comments must focus on the merits of the poem as a work of literature—or on the topic under discussion—without diverging into irrelevant political opinion or other potentially divisive commentary. We will not tolerate flaming or displays of ego or anger.

We expect members to be aware that poems and ideas are intellectual property protected by copyright law. To ‘borrow’ phrases, images, or ideas from poems posted on this forum without giving proper credit fits the definition of plagiarism. We rely on the goodwill and courtesy of all members to respect the ownership of the poems submitted for workshopping and to not share them with anyone else without the poet’s permission.

Haiku and Tanka by Inkstone Poets

midnight snowfall
an arc of green shoots
in the onion basket

Frank Hooven
The Heron's Nest XIX:3, 2017

heart-pounding panic
when I first recited poetry …
like a cedar now,
I look at our congregation
and read Sacred Scripture

Mary Davila
Ribbons 13:2, 2017

I carry her
across the threshold
to our wedding bed …
we spend the night
playing Pokemon go

Michael H. Lester
Atlas Poetica, 25 Humorous Tanka and Kyoka, 2017

harvest moon —
cane toads crowding
the dog's bowl

Lorin Ford
The Heron's Nest XIX:3, 2017

mother gave me
her petit point purse
years ago
it began coming apart
like the two of us

Kathryn Stevens
Ribbons 13:2, 2017

last page of the hymn book
a hummingbird I remember
giving birth to

John McManus
is/let, July 29, 2017

each petal
fits my thumb
wild roses

Susan Constable
Modern Haiku 48:2, 2017

cotton candy
sticks to my fingers —
summer's end

Theresa Cancro
Leaves of Ink, August 10, 2017

Sticks and stones

Dem Bones
a song we all knew
as children...
back when skeletons
made us shiver

When it comes to my physical self, nothing else has been as strong, as solid. Intricate matrices of collagen and minerals: together, they form the framework that has supported and protected me. And once I’m long gone, they may serve as the surest proof I ever roamed this earth. Yet time and the toil of life have whittled away at them, the loss escalating over the past year or two.

“You must walk 30 to 45 minutes every day,” her no-nonsense instructions for me (among other instructions). I must have no excuses. We buy a treadmill so I can immediately move toward that goal, rain or shine — and we decide to squeeze the behemoth of a machine into an extra bedroom, in between two existing pieces of exercise equipment.

Clank-clink-clank and the whiz-whir of a power screwdriver. After nearly an hour, it’s assembled, ready to go. Ready for me to gently place my feet on the motorized track and begin the journey.

baby steps
to rebuild myself ...
the miles
I’ve yet to travel
in this flesh-and-bone world

Janet Lynn Davis
KYSO Flash, Issue 8, 2017

Ready to Join?

We welcome new members with a serious interest in writing haiku or tanka. If you would like to join the Inkstone Poetry Forum, please send an email to inkstonepoetryforum@gmail.com and tell us a little bit about yourself and how you heard about Inkstone. If possible, provide a reference. After reviewing your information, we will send you an email with instructions for activating your account. If you don’t hear from us within 48 hours, please check your SPAM folder before reporting a problem.

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