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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Triversen Winner

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

Another poetic form challenge, another round of great reading–and tough decisions! The problem with these form challenges is not finding 10 great poems, but limiting it to 10–and then, choosing a winner. But that’s what I did, and I’m super happy with the winning poem: “The Thinnest Wall is Often the Thickest,” by Joshua Michael Stewart.

Here’s the winning triversen:

The Thinnest Wall is Often the Thickest, by Joshua Michael Stewart

The blue jays are eating the cat food
that flung to the ground
when I slipped on the icy back step.

I caught myself by grabbing the rail,
but the Meow Mix in the plastic cup
scattered among grass and pinecones.

I didn’t know it at the time,
but my neighbor was dead by then,
blood from his mouth staining his sheets.

The hallway between our apartments
began to reek of rotten eggs
tinged with a sickly sweetness.

The building manager came with a key,
and opened my neighbor’s door
to a silence that spread the news.

Maintenance is in there now
ripping out the carpets,
and I haven’t seen the stray cat all week.

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Here is the Top 10 list:

  1. The Thinnest Wall is Often the Thickest, by Joshua Michael Stewart
  2. Nowhere, by Sherry Toland
  3. My “Self,” by Statten Ell
  4. Hidden Love, by Tracy Davidson
  5. The Eulogy, by Daniel Roessler
  6. Grandpa’s Knee, by Joshua Michael Stewart
  7. The Birds Scan the Birders, by William Preston
  8. Pushing 50, by Laurie Kolp
  9. Divinum Mysterium, by Jane Shlensky
  10. For 370, by Bruce Niedt

Congratulations to Joshua and everyone in the Top 10! And congrats to all who participated and wrote triversens with abandon! There were many other poets who made the short list before I narrowed things down to a Top 10 list, and it was all great reading.

To read them all, click here.


Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World’s Problems. He plans to write more triversen in the near future. Learn more about Robert here: http://www.robertleebrewer.com/.


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11 Responses to WD Poetic Form Challenge: Triversen Winner

  1. lionetravail says:

    Congratulations all!

  2. Jane Shlensky says:

    Joshua, you’re a triversen rock star! Congrats! And congratulations to the top ten folks. Robert, this was a wonderful form I plan to tinker with a great deal more. Thanks for another wonderful challenge.

  3. PressOn says:

    Congratulations to Joshua and everybody else on the list. It feels good to be in such company.

  4. Excellent efforts, all! I’m a free verse addict, so I admire your ability to keep control!

  5. Clae says:

    Excellent poetry by excellent poets. Congrats to all the top ten!

  6. De Jackson says:

    Yay! Congrats to all Triversen-ians!
    Joshua, your 3rd stanza is a STUNNER. Well done.

  7. Linda Goin says:

    Congratulations to Joshua — wow, the winner AND a place in the top ten! And, to all the other winners, too!

  8. Michelle Hed says:

    Congratulations to everyone!

  9. laurie kolp says:

    How exciting to be among these fine poets! Congrats to all!!

  10. Janet Rice Carnahan says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! Way to go to all of you! Fantastic!

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