WD Poetic Form Challenge: Chant Poem Winner

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 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Chant Poem Winner

  1. julie e.

    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

    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. dandelionwine

    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.

  4. Marjory MT

    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

  5. Linda.H

    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.

  6. Michael Grove

    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.


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