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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rispetto Winner

Categories: Robert Lee Brewer's Poetic Asides Blog, WD Poetic Form Challenge, What's New.

It took awhile, but here’s the winner post for the most recent poetic form challenge: the rispetto. I enjoyed reading both versions, though I noticed most poets favored the 8×8 version, including the ultimate winner: Jane Shlensky.

Impressions, by Jane Shlensky

Behold the peacock in the yard
surrounded by his harem hens,
his tail fanned like a hand of cards.
This game he plays, he thinks he wins.

He struts, regal in his own mind–
he boasts all eyes on his behind,
while his pea hens twitter in groups
and leave him to the chicken coops.


Congratulations, Jane!

And here’s the rest of the Top 10:

  1. “Impressions,” by Jane Shlensky
  2. “The Swallows of the Summer,” by William Preston
  3. “Word Count,” by RJ Clarken
  4. “Not Me,” by Danielle Brasington
  5. “Brief Item, page 2B,” by Nancy Posey
  6. “The River,” by Amy Glamos
  7. “Evelyn’s Gift,” by Andrew Kreider
  8. “The Last Spring,” by William Preston
  9. “Forgiveness,” by Jane Shlensky
  10. “The Last Walrus,” by Taylor Graham


Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And thank you so much to everyone who participated in this challenge!

The next poetic form challenge is just around the corner!


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9 Responses to WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rispetto Winner

  1. Jane Shlensky says:

    Oh, my! Thanks, Robert! I’d forgotten what I sent. When your memory is bad, every day is a little surprise ;). And thanks to all the well-wishers. I love you guys. Congrats to the top ten folks who give everyone alive a run for their money. I’m humbly wowwed.

  2. Linda.H says:

    YAY, JANE. Congrats!
    There are also some great names on the top 10 list. Congrats to all.

  3. PressOn says:

    Sneaky Fast strikes again! Congratulations, Jane, and congratulations to all. The form was fun to try, and some wonderful interpretations came from the challenge.

  4. Way to go, Jane! “all eyes on his behind…” such a subversive piece. I love it. Congratulations to all who took part.

  5. De Jackson says:

    Woooohooooo! What a fantastic list!
    Congrats to all, especially Jane, for double-dippin’! :)

  6. Michelle Hed says:

    Congratulations Jane! Congrats to everyone in the top ten!

  7. Congratulations, Jane!!! A two-fer too. ^^
    Congratulations, everyone!!!
    This form rocked. ^^

  8. RJ Clarken says:

    Wow! Thank you, Robert! Congrats to Jane (awesome poem!) and also congrats to the top 10. This was a fun challenge and it was a great effort by everyone who took part!

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