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  1. Date: 10/15/2012 1:33:00 AM
    Hey Craig...great blog post. I don't know you that well or many of the soupers, but I will say that your point about the family is a point well made. P.S. every family is dysfunctional at some level these days - that's why it feels so normal LOL...... Shaz

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  1. Date: 10/13/2012 10:03:00 PM
    i meant to add this to my other comment and got bogged down and forgot. 5,7,5,7,7 are line maximums for tanka. it isn't any more wrong to shorten the tanka than it is to shorten gendai haiku (modern haiku). I personally advocate shortening the poem, but I do have a penchant for balancing the lines in the same proportion as 57577. Like 46466. Not that it will make the poem any more correct but I personally like a well balanced, smooth sounding poem. The poem doesn't sit well to have one line much shorter than normal or much longer than normal. So, just read it over with that in mind and if you like the sound of the way you wrote it, then go with it.

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  1. Date: 10/13/2012 11:08:00 AM
    Good that we are considered family..Sara

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  1. Date: 10/12/2012 8:55:00 AM
    We cling together in groups and as a group... All wanting some one else to like our poetry... All and all it's a good life here.

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  1. Date: 10/12/2012 1:04:00 AM
    I love to tanka, because it is not an extended "high cow".... Good morning :-)

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 11:37:00 PM
    hmmm, I guess I missed some stuff if a blog was deleted? Anyway, this is a cute commentary on the Soup family!! TANKA you, craig.

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 3:47:00 PM
    Dysfunctional? What me! I love the tight restricted rules, the constraint, the pain of fitting in a syllable count, no rules just leads to anarchy, if a sponser wants a poem in green lettering then that's exactly what they will get from me, Dysfunctional! you bet....great blog Craig...David

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 3:11:00 PM
    Nothing like a good ole brouhaha to get your blood going in the morning! Light & Love always [have you set the boob tube to record?]

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 3:02:00 PM
    My own family was so dysfunctional, you guys look normal.

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 2:15:00 PM
    :) Only have a moment. Like your blog, you old poop (on Golden Pond) Hey, though I kick at gates, I also like traditional forms and write them as well. I dig exploration. The family quibbles but I GUARANTEE that we EACH would pull together if any one of us was in REAL trouble---illness, loss, despair, tragedy. Even those who have recently snarled would be there for each other. Okay, now don't dump your tea in the harbour, but do you know for the longest time I thought you were a Brit? Pictured you in some small town, riding a bike to pick up your parcels. My weird imagination. HUGS!

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 1:29:00 PM
    Yeah, I don't get this whole Tanka craze.

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 1:12:00 PM
    I beg to differ about structure, but this says it much better than I. You can have any rule you want to FOR YOUR OWN CONTEST but for general comments we should strive to be correct or open to correction. Tanka poems are short, lyrical poetry structured in 31 syllables arranged in groups of 5, 7, 5, 7 and 7, syllables, in a two-part form with the first part in 5, 7, 5, and the second part in 7 and 7. "the Japanese poetry grows out of people's feelings to become leaves of words for everything in the world." Its main feature is that, in expressing the gamut of feelings in a simple form, it must contain--and this is an indispensable feature--a suggestiveness felt beyond the words.

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 12:58:00 PM
    Yep... we're crazy and cool! That's us!

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  1. Date: 10/11/2012 12:07:00 PM
    First of all: Why you deleted your last blog? I was having a great time. (Tanka, Haiku, Senryu...without "s"-pluralization)Second: "you are as dysfunctional as my regular family" !! Hilarious! Third (and last for now): You said that you dont like the structured Tanka... THAT's a Tanka! ...the rest is just 31 Syllables. : ) I'll be back...

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