An Interview With Poet Sarah Potter

For those of you who want to know more about Japanese poetic forms, do read my guest post on Bill Holland’s wonderful blog. Whilst there, perhaps you might like to have a go penning a Japanese-style poem of your own in “comments”.

Artistry With Words


Well, I always feel bad for the poets out there, because I feel like you get the short end of the stick on my blog.  Truth is I know next to nothing about poetry, so I figure it’s better that I just stay quiet about it rather than embarrass myself.

But today you poets are in for a surprise.  I have an expert in the figurative house, and her name is Sarah Potter, and she has agreed to discuss Japanese Poetic Forms with you today.

Let it never be said that I don’t care about all of you.

And now, here’s Sarah!

Sarah Potter “Waning” Lyrical About Japanese Poetic Forms

Thank you so much, Bill, for inviting me as a guest on your wonderful blog. I’m both excited and a bit daunted, as this is the first time a fellow blogger has asked me to write…

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Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

11 thoughts on “An Interview With Poet Sarah Potter”

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed reading about this, Cybele. Perhaps you’d like to challenge me sometime to write a Japanese-style poem to go with one of your lovely photos. That would be great fun, as you know I adore your pictures. I did this with one of Cindy Knoke’s flower photos: a haiku on that occasion, but I’ve not written a tanka for ages, so I’d enjoy doing that very much 🙂

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  1. I didn’t know there were so many rules behind them Sarah – poetry is something I’m not confident at doing myself, but I enjoy reading yours instead 🙂 I love your haiku art collaboration too, which I hadn’t seen before.

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    1. I’m not that confident at writing poetry other than this sort, Andrea. In particular, rhyming poetry is really hard to do well, otherwise it sounds clunky and forced. My favourite poet is T.S. Elliot — I’m so in awe of him that any attempt to emulate him would end in the most humiliating failure on my part D:

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