WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tricube Winner

With the next poetic form challenge just around the corner, here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the tricube. More than 40 poems made the original cut, then 17 made the next cut, so it was difficult getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner, but here we are.

Read all the tricubes in the comments here.

Here is the winner:

Unburdening, by James Von Hendy

The river
runs swiftly,
his pockets

filled with stones,
one for each
dream deferred.

He skips them,
one by one,
a drowning.


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Congratulations, James! It’s hard to make a fresh image of a river, but doing it in only 27 syllables is pretty astounding.

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

  1. Unburdening, by James Von Hendy
  2. Porch Music, by Jane Shlensky
  3. Nursing Home Dancers, by Nurit Israeli
  4. Finished, by Tracy Davidson
  5. In the Middle of the Move, by Nancy Posey
  6. Visiting (H)ours, by Paula Wanken
  7. Jenga, by Margie Fuston
  8. This Winter, by Julie Germain
  9. Yin Yang, by Michelle Hed
  10. Twilight Jog, by Jessica Cummins

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote a tricube!

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


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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19 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tricube Winner

  1. Marie Elena

    Congratulations to James and the the Top Tenners! James, your poem is a true winner. Wow.

    Love, as usual, seeing so many of my very dear poet friends in the list! But oh my goodness does it do my heart a world of good to see Paula Wanken “formally” recognized for her work. I’ve watched along side her for years, admiring her poetic chops and amazing heart. XOXOX!

  2. James Von Hendy

    Thank you all for your appreciations! After a long day at work it was a lovely surprise. And to be in such company with so many of my favorite poets in the top ten besides. Congratulations all, top ten and beyond. This is a form that tests our mettle!

  3. Jane Shlensky

    Congrats, James! I love this poem. Deep as a river. And congrats to the other top tenners. I’m happy to be among such great folks. Thanks, Robert! I love this form.

  4. De Jackson

    YAY! Congratulations, James. I loved this poem when I read it, and love it even more so now. And congratulations to all the finalists! Especially happy to see Paula Wanken’s well-deserved name on a winning list! 🙂

  5. Nurit Israeli

    Congratulations, James! I love your poems, and “Unburdening” is among my absolute favorites: The depth of your river and the images are haunting! Congratulations to all others on the Top 10 list. It is an honor to be among you. I re-read and thoroughly enjoyed all your tricubes. (By the way: Visiting (H)ours was posted by Paula Wanken. It is listed as posted by Karen Pickell.) Thank you, Robert, for this challenge. I love tricubes, I continue to write tricubes, and I often think in tricubes since you introduced this poetic form…

    ~ Nurit Israeli

    1. pmwanken

      Nurit – thank you so much for taking the time to search through the 700+ comments to find and read all top 10 poems. Had you not, I probably would have never known that my poem made the list. I’d actually scanned the list–of names–and, not seeing my own, had moved along to read about the new form challenge. I didn’t read the list of poem titles. And had I, I’m not sure it would have clicked in my brain that it was actually my poem on the list! And…had it not been for Marie Elena coming along after the correction had been made, seeing my name, and letting me know, I would still be in the dark. 🙂 So…thank you, Nurit, and thank you Marie Elena. And…thank you, Robert, for choosing the poem for your top 10–no matter if you knew it was mine or not. 🙂

      ~ Paula

      1. Nurit Israeli

        You are very welcome, Paula. I thank you for your beautifully written Visiting (H)ours — one of my favorites among the tricubes I so enjoyed re-reading.

        ~ Nurit

  6. PressOn

    Congratulations, James. Your poem still tugs at me, reading it again. The images are striking. Congratulations also to all others on the top ten list.


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