Doren Damico

Devices and Forms

The poet must study devices and forms.  The wordsmith must cast these things to the wind and write.

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A traditional Japanese poem.  Haiku use a 3-line form with seventeen total syllables.  It is written in a 5/7/5 syllable count.  Haiku emphasize simplicity, intensity and directness of expression.  There is often an element of dichotomy inferred.  Traditionally, haiku share some element referencing a season.  Historically and across cultures, haiku focus on images from nature.  Modern and romanized haiku have expanded into many themes.

Here’s an example of my passionate-themed haiku:


A thousand mornings
Until star-shine and sunshine
Whisper our goodnight


See  Haiku – Spirit of a Moment for more information and links to famous haiku poets and publications.



This is another type of Japanese poem.  Tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line.   Tanka translates as “short song.”   Tanka is best known in romanized languages as a five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form.  Traditionally, Japanese poets would share tanka at waka (songs or verses) parties. People would sometimes pair up to write tanka, one person writing the first 3 lines and another person answering with the next 2 lines.

 Here is an example of my first tanka attempt:


Escape free spirit

from the lash of wage slavers
assaulted by my red pill
arterial poetry

To learn more about Tanka forms, poets and to connect to Tanka poets, check out: Tanka Society of America

(This page is still under construction.)