WD Poetic Form Challenge: Descort Winner

A new poetic form challenge should be around the corner, but here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the descort along with a Top 10 list.

Read all of them here.

Here is the winning descort:

Frost opposite, by k weber

Glass is tambourine sound.
She sells shoeshines by the front door.
J’ai deux mains. Tu as trois larmes.
1. yes
2. no


Giant insects crawled all over their trip to Belize and they took photographs so vivid you could hear the hiss, flutter, and click.
Cannons roar. Gimme more.


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Congratulations, k weber! These poems were fun, but “Frost opposite” took descort to the max.

Here’s my Top 10 list:

  1. Frost opposite, by k weber
  2. Mother Lode of Trees, by Taylor Graham
  3. Conscience, by Tracy Davidson
  4. Overheard at the Waterlilies Aerobics Class, by Jane Shlensky
  5. Tomcat, by Nikki Markle
  6. What the Health, by Jacqueline Hallenbeck
  7. Pastoral, by Jason L. Martin
  8. This is the Way I Miss You, by Julie Germain
  9. The Clash, by Michelle Hed
  10. Ole!, by Maria Teresa Garcia

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote a descort!


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.

He loves learning new (to him) poetic forms and trying out new poetic challenges. He is also the author of Solving the World’s Problems.

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13 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Descort Winner

    1. k weber

      Thank you for your comment!

      Roughly, it translates to… “I have 2 hands. You have 3 tears.” I am not sure that makes any more sense once translated though 😀 I tried to give all the lines such a different personality, pace, beat… it’s a marathon for a poem that seems largely form-less!!!

  1. PressOn

    Congratulations, Kris, on your achievement, and congratulations also to everyone else who made the top ten. For me, this was a bedevilling form (or anti-form), and I admire those who excelled at it.

  2. Jane Shlensky

    I love the cleverness of your poem. This was a difficult form for me–I’m too used to bringing order–but I loved to read the results of all those who participated. I’m happy to be among the top tenners. Congrats to you all and thanks to Robert, as usual, for finding a formless form.

    1. k weber

      congratulations, jane, on your top ten recognition! everyone who participated should get an “i survived the descort” t-shirt! even as someone very much attached to free verse and curious about experimental writing… this form surprised me with it’s level of difficulty! definitely the least straightforward of the forms i have attempted here! this was great fun!!!

  3. k weber

    wow! this is too cool! seemed like it might be easy at first then i just really had to wrack my brain trying something totally new on each line.

    congrats to all mentioned and who participated! not an easy feat!

      1. k weber

        thanks so very much! this was a form i initially thought would be extremely easy… just write some weird stuff, right? reading more about the form i immediately realized that writing free verse didn’t make this challenge easier! i was pushed to a point where my end product almost felt like lines from different poems, stories, TV, etc… it was hard to not have some sort of glue keeping the poem in a kind of cohesive and coherent framework or familiar imagery or repetition… what a fun and unusual and surprising form this was!!!


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