WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rispetto Winner

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 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rispetto Winner

  1. Jane Shlensky

    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. PressOn

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


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