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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Chinese Verse 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
a July 4th xiaoshi and haiku Gathering tangy taste of barbeque sweet corn drips butter taste of love shared with friends ------------- --jvg new neighbors embraced by old friends our circle expands ------------- ---jvg I am still playing with verse form. Well this isn't really a verse form but a "subgenre" from the 1920s of Chinese poetry called xiaoshi which I believe means "small poem" (shi = poetry and xiao = little, diminutive or small). The xiaoshi should be fragmented with minimal explanation, seemingly unrelated images and little indication of cause and effect.