WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tricubes

Let’s do another WD Poetic Form Challenge! This time around, we’re focused on the tricube. Find the rules for tricubes by clicking here. If you’re thinking mathematically, it’s three to the third power: three syllables by three lines by three stanzas.

So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a chance to be published in Writer’s Digest magazine–as part of the Poetic Asides column. (Note: You have to log in to the site to post comments/poems; creating an account is free.)

Here’s how the challenge works:

  • Challenge is free. No entry fee.
  • The winner (and sometimes a runner-up or two) will be featured in a future edition of Writer’s Digest magazine as part of the Poetic Asides column.
  • Deadline 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time) on February 14, 2016.
  • Poets can enter as many tricubes as they wish. The more “work” you make for me the better, but remember: I’m judging on quality, not quantity.
  • All poems should be previously unpublished. If you have a specific question about your specific situation, just send me an e-mail at robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com. Or just write a new tricube. They’re fun to write; I promise.
  • I will only consider tricubes shared in the comments below. It gets too confusing for me to check other posts, go to other blogs, etc.
  • Speaking of posting, if this is your first time, your comment may not appear immediately. However, it should appear within a day (or 3–if shared on the weekend). So just hang tight, and it should appear eventually. If not, send me an e-mail at the address above.
  • Please include your name as you would like it to appear in print. If you don’t, I’ll be forced to use your user/screen name, which might be something like HaikuPrincess007 or MrLineBreaker. WD has a healthy circulation, so make it easy for me to get your byline correct.
  • Finally–and most importantly–be sure to have fun!


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701 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tricubes

  1. Scott Jacobson

    Late from work, so I am probably past the deadline. Oh well.


    I am not
    My wax wings

    won’t melt in
    the sun. They
    need the warmth

    from your heart
    to keep me
    on the ground.

  2. elishevasmom

    Love of Form

    I love these
    Tricube forms.
    One must choose

    the words to
    condense so

    many thoughts
    to so few

    Copyright © Ellen Evans – 2016

    1. tunesmiff

      G. Smith
      This short form
      poetry is
      life in full:

      choosing words
      shaping thoughts,
      sharing dreams;

      to the point,
      and yet still
      vague enough.

  3. elishevasmom


    My routine
    is all mime.
    My clown smile

    a painted
    rainbow. I
    create smiles

    for business
    but for me
    it’s not work.

    Copyright © Ellen Evans – 2016

  4. elishevasmom


    The valley
    below shows
    a precise,

    image of
    frozen fog.

    Passive a-
    at its best.

    Copyright © Ellen Evans – 2016
    Day 227 of 365

  5. tunesmiff

    G. Smith
    No more games.
    I have to know
    this one thing:

    Are there too
    many miles
    between us,

    Or do you
    see the same
    sky as I?

  6. JayGee2711

    This Winter

    Maybe I’ll
    read snowdrifts
    like tea leaves,

    slide behind
    fairy tales,

    and steal white
    frozen lies
    from my dreams.

    Julie Germain

  7. tunesmiff

    G. Smith
    Bare oak and
    walnut and
    pecan trees.

    in late snow.
    What does a

    groundhog know
    about weather

  8. tunesmiff

    G. Smith
    She’s napping
    on the couc,

    I’m trying
    to find words,
    worth her dreams.

    She is my
    muse and my

  9. tunesmiff

    G. Smith
    The circus
    is in town.
    All three rings:

    lions and
    tigers and
    bears (oh my),

    and the clowns,
    yes, the clowns.

  10. PressOn


    When love comes
    and souls surge,
    magic flows,

    my failings
    and my throes;

    but far go
    when love goes.

    —- William Preston


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