Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the haiku sonnet. As usual, many poems made the original cut before I was able to get it down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner.
Here is the winner:
Waterfall, by William Preston
White water tumbles
from ledge of rock to talus.
Rain clouds pass on by.
Spray swirls in the air,
gyrating on the way down;
rainbows from within.
The cataract roars
in a torrent of bass notes;
other sounds retreat.
The canyon’s granite
glistens as rough walls turn smooth;
a new channel forms.
Amidst it all, green swallows
fly through capricious hollows.
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Here’s a complete look at my Top 10 list:
- Waterfall, by William Preston
- Bluebird Rescue, by Taylor Graham
- Mother and Daughter, by James Von Hendy
- Summer Sets, by Lisa L. Stead
- Granny’s Kitchen, by Sharon Louise Howard
- Haiku Sonnet for the Storm, by Candace Kubinec
- Walking Around Town, by Rosemary Nissen-Wade
- Autumn Melancholy, by Nancy Posey
- “Purple crocuses,” by Karen Wilson
- Rose Bush, by Sarah E. Metzler
Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote a haiku sonnet!
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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