WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ovillejo Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the ovillejo. More than 30 poems made the original cut before I was able to get it down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner.

Read all the ovillejo poems in the comments here.

Here is the winner:

Painting the Lake, by Taylor Graham

How to paint the spectrum of light?
An egret’s flight.

She seeks a landscape in her brush–
a sort of hush.

No answer but blue, flake by flake,
ripples the lake.

And still she paints for painting’s sake–
not perspective, the eye’s blind reach,
but light, and what the shadows teach.
An egret’s flight. A sort of hush ripples the lake.


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Congratulations, Taylor!

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

  1. Painting the Lake, by Taylor Graham
  2. The Old Man at Midnight, by William Preston
  3. Cipher, by RJ Clarken
  4. Rainy Days and Fun Days, by ely the eel
  5. Denial After Years of Oil and Olay, by Nancy Posey
  6. The Clouds Know Things, by De Jackson
  7. Monsters, by Tracy Davidson
  8. Transformation, by Paula Wanken
  9. Passion Flower and Catnip Tea, by DMK
  10. Two Boys on the Beach, by Annie Doyle Newcomer

Congratulations to everyone in the Top 10! And to everyone who wrote an ovillejo!

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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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10 thoughts on “WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ovillejo Winner

  1. DMK

    congratulations to the winner. I made the top ten which is thrilling after my ‘accident’ it was the best one since then so glad other saw it too. thank you Robert brewer

  2. De Jackson

    Awwwwww! How fun! Back from Lake Tahoe to not only see I made top 10 amid a cast of incredibly talented poets, but also to read Taylor’s breathtaking lake piece. You took my breath away, Taylor. There’s a Lake that owns my heart, and your piece just shines. Congratulations! So well deserved. And congrats to the whole top 10. Especially happy to see Paula Wanken get some recognition as I have admired her work for years.

  3. tripoet

    Beautiful piece, Taylor. Wow. I read everyone’s work and can’t thank you enough for including me. Thank you so much. I have been so impressed with the quality of poetry on this cite and thank you to our fearless poetry leader for reading all these poems and giving us this opportunity. And thank you for all the comments, poetry mates. 🙂

  4. Jane Shlensky

    Congratulations, Taylor. I love this poem’s gentleness and insight. Congrats also to my friends who made top ten. This is a fabulous line-up of poets, Robert.

  5. Daniel Paicopulos

    Taylor, you have always been my favorite on this board, and this is no exception. Nicely done. Pleased to see long time friendliest as well…Nancy, RJ, De, Paula, Bill. I think Ely the Eel is now semi-retired, but I am sure that he would be grateful as well, Robert.

  6. pmwanken

    Robert–thank you for the honor to see my name amidst such a fine crowd.
    Taylor–well deserved! I loved your “painting”.
    And my congratulations to the others in the top ten…and, as Taylor says, to everyone who tried the form. 🙂

  7. taylor graham

    Thank you Robert! Thank you for introducing us to the Ovillejo, it’s a lovely form. I’ve passed it on to my poetry workshop, and they like it too. Congratulations to the others in the top ten, and everyone who tried this form!

  8. PressOn

    Congratulations, Taylor. This is another superb example of how you paint with words, in my opinion. Congratulations also to the others in the top ten.


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