As I was going through all the cinquain submissions, I saw a few poets muse over how I must go through all the poems. So before I share the winner of this challenge, here’s a cinquain:
How I Judge Form Challenges, by Robert Lee Brewer
by two, nor ten
at a time, I read line
by line and let each metaphor
So anyway, drum roll please…
The winner of the cinquain challenge–in a very tight race–is Jane Shlensky for her poem, “Of Use.”
There were many worthy contenders, but I loved the way Jane focused in on these hands and then slowly panned outward–revealing hands that are fragile, strong, and comforting. Incredible use of 22 syllables, for sure. Congratulations!
Since the form is shorter, I’m trying to sneak in three poems (instead of just one). We’ll see if the powers-that-be allow that to happen (fingers crossed).
Here’s the Top 10 in order:
Of Use, by Jane Shlensky
skin over twisted bones,
could wring a chicken’s neck or hold
Glass Walls, by Taylor Graham
in waiting room
reaches toward fish tank
as golden fins beckon him to
Ribbons, by T.S. Gregg
Bow in the breeze
Soft silken silhouettes
Fine fabrics float freely and fall
Malibu in Winter, by William Preston
no posing for effect;
all is quiet on the western
Cheater, by Cynthia Page
passed me one lane
over, but you told me
your flight to New York left early.
Winter in Florence, by Tracy Davidson
the frost spreading
over your bare white cheeks,
no fig leaf to shield your manhood…
Twin Birth, by Alyson Ark Iott
excavated to life
blue-lipped, cleaned and dated, nursing
Sallow, by Amy Glamos
moon, you gaze un-
changing and indifferent;
a radiant witness to dark
Ballads, by Nancy Posey
song of deceit,
The old-timers still call them all
Young Love, by Sara Ramsdell
and rainbow-infused reins,
they ride off into the cardboard
Congratulations to everyone in the top 10! And thank you for making these challenges so great.
I’m not sure which form we’re tackling next, but you can bet another one is around the corner. Until then, keep writing cinquains!
Robert Lee Brewer is the editor of Writer’s Market, Poet’s Market, and Guide to Self-Publishing. His debut full-length poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems, is due out from Press 53 on September 1 (click here to learn more). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.
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Check out other poetic posts here:
- Pushing a Poetry Manuscript to a New Level. Part 2 of Robert’s Solving the World’s Problems series explains why acceptance of the manuscript does NOT mean the writer’s work is over.
- Cinquain: Poetic Forms. Explanation of the poetic form that led to this most recent challenge and those great poems above.
- Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 229. The most recent poetry prompt from the most recent Wednesday.