WD Poetic Form Challenge: Results

It’s taken me forever, but I’ve finally got the results for the WD Poetic Form Challenge! Despite the length of time it took to judge, I really enjoyed seeing the creativity in all the forms, and I hope to share some of the finalists in future posts.

The finalists were (in random order):

  1. Octoplus, by Tracy Davidson
  2. Breva, by Cara Holman
  3. Kaduma, by Carly Breault
  4. Wreathed Octavial, by Jen Karetnick
  5. Anapeat, by Susan Budig
  6. Queron, by Daniel Ari
  7. Monad, by Tracy Davidson
  8. The Five and Dime, by Brian Slusher
  9. Mandorla, by Autumn N. Hall

I’d like to congratulate all the finalists. There were a lot of great new forms introduced to me, and these were my personal favorites. However, I could only pick one to be the winner, which is…

Susan Budig’s Anapeat!

Here are the rules of her form:

  • Anaphora is the title
  • Five stanzas
  • Five lines per stanza
  • First line of first stanza repeats in each following stanza as follows: 2nd line of 2nd stanza; 3rd line of 3rd stanza; 4th line of 4th stanza; 5th line of 5th stanza
  • No line length or rhyme requirement
  • Anaphora must repeat at least three times within body of the poem

By the way, what the heck is anaphora?
From The Poetry Dictionary: A rhetorical device in which several successive lines, phrases, clauses, or sentences begin with the same word or phrase.

Here’s the example that Susan included with her submission:

Our Bliss, by Susan Budig

The requiem of our bliss begins
as I unlock the birdcage of my heart,
freeing all kept promises, cleaning out
the spent seeds and stale water.
You know my gestures intimately;

you’ve watched me dozens of years.
The requiem of our bliss begins
as I open my mouth to keen,
recalling the chariot of our wedded life.
See how it trundles along, broken and squeaking.

So, too, has our love passed from ecstatic trills
to shrill whines–a dismal threnody.
The requiem of our bliss begins
as I unclench my hand, releasing our love
to find its resting chamber.

Our certificate of vows must slip through
rusted spindles that once bound us together.
Let it pass.
The requiem of our bliss begins
as our hands fall onto shredded newspaper.

I lay our photo upon the flame;
the edges curl and blacken.
Your face furrows as I snuff out our attachment.
I am burning your out of my heart.
The requiem of our bliss begins.


Congratulations to Susan!

And thanks to all who submitted forms! They were all a great show of how creative everyone can be–not only with words but the structures that hold them.


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Click here to learn more about The Poetry Dictionary, by John Drury (mentioned above). It’s filled with poetry-related information, including poetic forms, terms, history, and more!


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32 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Results

  1. Tracy Davidson

    Belated congratulations to Susan – and what a fantastic example she gave us.
    Due to technical problems I’ve only just seen the results today, I’m delighted that both entries I sent in made it to the shortlist. Congrats to the other finalists too.

    1. De Jackson

      Oh, Joseph! I like the word “particularities” so much better than “rules.” 🙂
      I do hope Robert will share, when he has time. I’m sure it’s a time consuming request. GREAT names to all forms, though!

  2. cara.holman

    Naturally, I am absolutely delighted to have made this list. 🙂 Congratulations not just to the finalists and Susan, for her clever form and excellent poem, but also to everyone who submitted a form.I hope to see some of the other entries in future posts– what a great challenge this was!

  3. Marie Elena

    Awesome choice, Robert! Like De, the form names intrigue me. I’d love to see what the other forms were, along with their examples. Probably a lot to ask, eh? 😉

    Congratulations to all of you!

  4. Whimsygizmo

    Congratulations to Susan, and ALL winners! I’m intrigued by this new form, and the names of all of the other finalist forms. I hope you’ll eventually share all the form rules, Robert. 🙂

  5. DrPKP

    Congratulations to all…. A group in great form! BRAVO to winner, finalists and frankly ALL WHO CREATED AND ENTERED A NEW FORM…..Maybe there could be a listing of them all…..:)

    1. susan budig

      Thanks, Barbara. I am only NOW finding this. I had been looking since the contest ended, but then summer vacation and trucking kids to school all took my time and attention. I’m very surprised and pleased with this win.

      I also teach online at Gather.com. I used this form there after submitting it to Robert’s contest here.


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