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Xiaoshi

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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry

Chinese Poetry

 

Xiaoshi, (small poem,shi = poetry / xiao = little, diminutive or small) is a genre of Chinese poetry from the 1920s. It is a fragmented poem with minimal explanation. It teams seemingly unrelated images with little indication of cause and effect. The frame is at the discretion of the poet although in sync with most Chinese poetry, it is common to be written as a quatrain.

Gathering by Judi Van Gorder

 

tangy taste of barbeque

sweet corn drips butter

shared with friends

taste of love

rust by Judi Van Gorder

 

climbing steps to temple

rusty knees complain

while snow capped crown

bows low in gratitude

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