WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dodoitsu Winner

This was a fun challenge to judge. First off, there were so many dodoitsu entries. Second, they’re all short, which means it’s kind of like poetic popcorn. That said, the competition was fierce. I had to go through several rounds of getting the list down to a top 10; there were 40 dodoitsu that made it past the first cut alone.

Read them all in the comments here.

I did get it down to a top 10 list (below) and this winner:

It Is Written, by Nurit Israeli

The love note from bygone days
still convincingly asserts
why we will never part ways.
Oh, short forevers…

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Congratulations, Nurit! I love how this dodoitsu sneaks in a little rhyming while also being effective without it.

Here’s a complete look at my Top 10 list:

  1. It Is Written, by Nurit Israeli
  2. Backbreaking Mountain, by Bruce Niedt
  3. “I prefer the work of love,” by James Von Hendy
  4. “I flip the flipping burgers,” by William Preston
  5. “we fed music to our love,” by Sasha A. Palmer
  6. “The most unexpected of things,” by Karen
  7. “She said it’s not in the cards,” by David M. Hoenig
  8. “Torn lovers still align,” by Helena Janssen
  9. “As a poetical gal,” by Rie Sheridan Rose
  10. “he loves me or maybe not,” by candy

Since the form is so short, I’m going to try and get the top 3 into my column. Fingers crossed! Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote a dodoitsu!

Look for the next poetic form and challenge just around the corner.

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roberttwitterimageRobert 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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22 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Dodoitsu Winner

  1. BDP

    Nurit, congratulations! I’ve been unable to participate much in Poetic Asides due to family and work commitments, but your poem makes me want to explore this particular poetic art form. A nice one (poem and form)! Congrats to the others in the top ten–good work.

  2. PKP

    Congratulations to Nurit – yes dear lady – you have rapidly become a master (mistress?) of the short form – not many are published in the NY Times and picked as Writer’s Digest winners in a single year! Huge congratulations and anticipation of all that is to come. Congratulations to all the top tenners! It is always an admittedly vicarious thrill to see names of those I know and new faces as well – listed as winners – a wonderful feeling … Congratulations and enjoy!!!

    1. drnurit

      Thanks, Pearl, for your continued support. Truly appreciated! Yes, the short-form poems appeal to me. The very specific parameters help me develop poetic discipline…

  3. Karen

    Congratulations Nurit on your deserving poem I have enjoyed reading your work. Also, congrats to the top ten finalist it was definitely a boost to my spirit to see my name on the list. I am often moved by many of the poems I have read on Wednesday’s Poetry Prompt, and the challenges. I look forward to reading more of this groups work.

  4. ReathaThomasOakley

    Congratulations to everyone. I so enjoyed reading, and learning about, this form. Poetic Asides continues to enrich my life, thanks Robert.

  5. James Von Hendy

    Congratulations, Nurit! This is another of your delicious poems, and it’s a delight to see it honored so! And congratulations to the top ten and all the contenders who jumped into the fray to play with this deceptively simple form.

    1. drnurit

      Thanks, James! So glad to share this honor with you and the others! Yes, I agree: deceptively simple form that challenges us to see how much of a story we can tell in just a few syllables…

  6. drnurit

    I am very grateful to you, Robert, for this challenge and for the many opportunities you provide that enrich my life. I adore and congratulate my poet friends who made it to the top ten list: I feel privileged and humbled to share this honor with you. I look forward to re-reading the many beautiful entries posted in response to this fun challenge.

  7. candy

    Congatulations, Nurit. And to Robert for the speedy results. It must have been fun reading the entries!
    I’m dooing a happy dance along with Sasha. My first time in the top ten too! I’m honored to be on the list with poets I’ve read and admired here at Poetic Asides.

  8. PressOn

    Congratulations, Nurit. Such a precious piece. Congratulations also to the other finalists. I was astounded to see the results so fast, even allowing for the short form. As a nun I used to know often said, “Well, blow me down and pick me up.”

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