WD Poetic Form Challenge: Gogyohka Winner

Thank you to everyone who submitted a gogyohka! I’ve been sitting on the winner and already have the erasure winner ready too (look for that next week).

My initial short list included nearly 50 poems, so it was crazy competitive (like usual). But I did cut it down to one winner and 10 finalists. This time around Marian O’Brien Paul won for her poem “Parsing Autumn,” which was actually a gogyohka chain.

Here’s the winning Gogyohka:

Parsing Autumn, by Marian O’Brien Paul

In our courtyard
two locust trees
one drenching us
with gold
before the other

Slate-gray lake
beneath the sky
mirror image:
a selfie

On the ground
a dead squirrel
its tail still bushy
body curled
as if sleeping

Pumpkins piled
into mounds
at markets
promising pies


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Here is the Top 10 list:

  1. “Parsing Autumn,” by Marian O’Brien Paul
  2. “Two Big Herons on a Little Pond,” by William Preston
  3. “Lump,” by Marie Elena Good
  4. “(When I misplace),” by drnurit
  5. “Envy,” by J. Lynn Sheridan
  6. “Dying Embers,” by Tracy Davidson
  7. “Landlord,” by Jessica Cummins
  8. “(the moon),” by James Brush
  9. “Trouble in Paradise,” by Daniel Roessler
  10. “lost,” by Nancy Posey

Congratulations to Marian and everyone in the Top 10! And thank you to everyone who took the time to participate and comment on each others’ poems.

As mentioned above, an announcement on the erasure challenge is coming soon. In the meantime, watch for the next poetic form and poetic form challenge.

Also, be sure to read through all the comments from the gogyohka challenge. Click to continue.


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He loves reading and writing the various poetic forms and can’t wait for the next April Poem-A-Day Challenge (not far away now).

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8 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Gogyohka Winner

  1. Jane Shlensky

    Congratulations, Marian, on a wonderful poem. And what a wonderful thing to see so many of my poet friends in that top ten. What a powerhouse of talent! Congrats, all.

  2. Marian O'Brien Paul

    What a wonderful Sunday surprise to check my email and discover I’d won the gogyohka challenge! congratulations to everyone in the top 10. I love the form challenges. They make me work my brain : )
    Thank you to for all the lovely comments and thank you Robert for keeping us on our toes with these challenges!

  3. sofiaogilvy

    ʟᴀsᴛ ᴛʜᴜʀsᴅᴀʏ I ɢᴏᴛ ᴀ ɢᴏʀɢᴇᴏᴜs ᴠᴏʟᴠᴏ sɪɴᴄᴇ I ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴇᴀʀɴɪɴ $6162 ᴛʜɪs-ᴘᴀsᴛ/ғᴏᴜʀ ᴡᴇᴇᴋs ᴀɴᴅ-ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴏᴠᴇʀ, 10 ɢʀᴀɴᴅ ʟᴀsᴛ-ᴍᴜɴᴛʜ . ᴛʜɪs ɪs ʀᴇᴀʟʟʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴏʟᴇsᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋ I’ᴠᴇ ᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴅᴏɴᴇ . I ᴀᴄᴛᴜᴀʟʟʏ sᴛᴀʀᴛᴇᴅ ɴɪɴᴇ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜs/ᴀɢᴏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀʟᴍᴏsᴛ ɪᴍᴍᴇᴅɪᴀᴛᴇʟʏ ɢᴏᴛ ᴍᴇ ᴍɪɴɪᴍᴜᴍ $78 ᴘᴇʀ ʜᴏᴜʀ .
    ʏᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ᴛʀʏ ᴛʜɪs ᴏᴜᴛ.. http://tiny.cc/3q0gux

  4. PressOn

    Congratulations, Marian, and to all the other finalists. I am proud to be counted with you. In the words of the Great One, Jackie Gleason, yoouu’rrree a good group!

  5. Marie Elena

    Ohmigosh … no way. I am THRILLED to be in the Top 10, let alone come in at #3!!! And what fantastic company to be in. GAAAHHHHHH!!! 😀

    Thank you so much as usual, Robert. The challenges you offer and time you take to teach, read, and award is greatly appreciated.

    Marian, your #1 piece is truly excellent. Congratulations!!

  6. drnurit

    So excited to be among the top 10 finalists in the gogyohka challenge, and so sorry I failed to include my name (Nurit Israeli) for number 4 on the Top 10 List (When I misplace, user name: drnurit). Congratulations to the winner, Marian O’Brian Paul, on a wonderfully written gogyohka. Congratulations to all the other finalists. I re-read your poems. Wow, I am in such good company! Robert, thank you very much for the opportunity.


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