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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Chant Poem Winner

Categories: Robert Lee Brewer's Poetic Asides Blog, WD Poetic Form Challenge, What's New.

Let me tell you, reading more than 100 chant poems can really do a number on a person. I found myself thinking in repetitions over the weekend. My dreams turned to magic spells cast by witches riding on broom sticks (or maybe that was the corn maze our Brewer clan visited on Saturday). Anyway, it was wild.

If you missed the challenge last week, click here to learn more about the chant poem and see many fine examples from other poets. I think my first short list included nearly half the poems, but I was able to work my way through the poems a few times to finally get to a winner and top 10 list.

As for the winning poem/poet, this challenge marked the first time (I think) a poet has won back-to-back challenges. Congratulations, Taylor Graham, for achieving the feat!

Here’s the winning chant poem:

Whose Move, by Taylor Graham

Between shore and sea, Death is playing chess.

You’d rather keep on walking
between shore and sea. Death is playing chess,

a quiet game that’s loud with black pawns.
Between shore and sea, Death is playing chess.

You’ve given up games for silence
between shore and sea. Death is playing chess

by himself, inviting you to join him.
Between shore and sea, Death is playing chess.

Your footprints fade in tidal sand
between shore and sea. Death is playing chess.


While Taylor wrote the winning chant poem, it wasn’t an easy decision, because there were several other very worthy chant poems in the running. Here’s the rest of the top 10 list:

  1. Whose Move, by Taylor Graham
  2. This is being alive, by Barbara Young
  3. The end of the world is near, by Jacqueline Hallenbeck
  4. And She Dances, by Linda Hofke
  5. Pocket Garden, by Rachel Hoyt
  6. Frankenstein, by Bruce Niedt
  7. All Will Become Dust, by TJ Hoyt
  8. Time and Tide, by Walt Wojtanik
  9. The Secret Song of Simon, by Susan Budig
  10. See how far we’ve come!, by Michele Brenton

Congratulations to everyone on the Top 10 list! Also, thank you to everyone who participated and who continue to make these challenges a great deal of fun.

By the way, we’ll be starting another poem-a-day challenge on Thursday. Hope to see you then (if not sooner)!


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21 Responses to WD Poetic Form Challenge: Chant Poem Winner

  1. julie e. says:

    What a fun challenge that was! i’ve not really done poem forms before. and when i was reading the winning list i’d see the names and go “yep, yep” remembering those poets had memorable poems. Way to go, peeps!

  2. Willy says:

    Congrats to Taylor and the other 9 Top Chanters! What a great group and such amazing combinations of chants.
    Thank you, too, Robert for the experience with the chant form. I thoroughly enjoyed learning aboout it and experimenting with it.

  3. Ber says:

    Congrats Taylor wonderful chant poem. Also congrats to the top ten all worthy of your place. :)

  4. Rachel Hoyt says:

    I am honored to make the Top 10. Thank you! There were definitely a lot of good chant poems. I really enjoyed reading the other entries.

  5. barbara_y says:

    Thanks for having me in this company. I enjoyed trying the form, too.

  6. Kudos Taylor and the rest of the Top 9

  7. IrisD says:

    I keep getting the chant ” you are posting comments too quickly, slow down.”‘ So once again, congrats Taylor and all 10 other amazing poets. Well done

  8. Congratulations to all the Top 10. Thanks to all, especially Robert for the wonderful form-prompts.

    And all of you in the East, you’re in our thoughts. Hang in there!

  9. Well done to all! Taylor, your piece is wonderful.

  10. dandelionwine says:

    Congratulations (again!) Taylor and all! Incredible, beautiful poems.

    Barbara- your poem spoke to me from the start and helped me to write mine. The images remain with me.

  11. handyman43127 says:

    Great job Taylor. Great poem. Congratulations. So many good poem’s from so many people.

  12. DanielAri says:

    Congratulations on the top 10 for such enCHANTing entries!

  13. Awesome!!! Congratulations, Taylor. Congrats, everyone!!! ^^

  14. jane hoover says:

    Taylor, this is wonderful. And a happy time for all of you who placed.

  15. Marjory MT says:

    Congradulation to the top ten and especially Taylor.
    Tried several time to comment, however, like Linda I keept getting it with “….slow down”.
    Wonderful Challenge. Thanks Robert

  16. Linda.H says:

    Diana Terrill Clark can back me up on this…I said Taylor Graham would win. She posted several wonderful poems. My favorite was Gravitational. Congrats, Taylor.

    There are also many other familiar names on the list. Congrats to all! And thank you, Robert, for including me.

    There were so many good poem this time. Jane Shlenksy, De Jackson, Sara McNulty, Laurie Kolp, R.J. Clarken, Jay Sizemore, Tracy Davidson..if I didn’t comment on your work on the thread it is only because I got the message “You are posting too fast. Slow down.” I enjoyed your work.

  17. seingraham says:

    Congrats to all that made the list and especially to Taylor – a wonderful winning poem plus another in the top ten! Exemplary writing for sure …

  18. De Jackson says:

    What a fantastic list of amazing poets! Congratulations to ALL!
    Taylor, your poem is STUNNING.

  19. Michael Grove says:

    TWO IN A ROW for Taylor !!! Good Going. Congratulations to you and to the rest of the top 10. There were some very good chants posted on the last challenge.

  20. pmwanken says:

    Congrats to so many friends in that top ten list!! Way to go!! :)

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