Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for contrapuntal poem. The entries were great, but there were fewer than normal. As such, I only selected 5 finalists.
Here is the winning poem:
Naming Seasons, by Jane Shlensky
sometimes I’m fisherman
fat pink apple cheeks
swell on the trees
or snap of line
dapple of sunlight
or rippling chill
blush of frost
or morning mist burned clear
crisp bite of October sky
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Congratulations, Jane! I really enjoyed the way that combining a poem about individual identity with the simple joy apple picking could lead to a much more complex exploration of identity.
Here’s a complete look at my Top 5 list:
- Naming Seasons, by Jane Shlensky
- My Uncle Has Hidden Depths, by Tracy Davidson
- Deep Sleep, by Rob Keim
- Finding the Creek as it Flows, by Taylor Graham
- Rhinestone Memories, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
Congratulations to everyone in the Top 5! And to everyone who wrote contrapuntal poems!
Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community, which means he maintains this blog, edits a couple Market Books (Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market), writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, leads online education, speaks around the country on publishing and poetry, and a lot of other fun writing-related stuff.
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