WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rondine Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the rondine along with a Top 10 list. Look for a new challenge later this week.

Read all of them here.

Here is the winning rondine:

The Memory Store, by Taylor Graham

It’s all swept clean, Main Street seven o’clock.
Nothing’s open yet, as rain turns to snow.
I’m walking yesterday-town, Antiques Row.
A pewter tray, a stoneware pickling crock.
That grandfather rocker long ceased its rock.
A feather boa from decades ago.
It’s all swept clean,

sidewalk’s ready for morning, key in lock.
There’s a sewing basket–no thread to sew.
Old portrait–how the eye has lost its glow.
Surprised by time, age, or memory block,
it’s all swept clean.


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Congratulations, Taylor! I love it when a poem’s content seems to mirror the poetic form’s constraints. Such is the case with “The Memory Store.”

Here’s my Top 10 list:

  1. The Memory Store, by Taylor Graham
  2. Sweet Pineapple, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming
  3. October Mourning, by Sari Grandstaff
  4. Puss at My Boots, by William Preston
  5. Cause/Effect, by barbara_y
  6. Simple Magic, by Jane Shlensky
  7. Every Single Time, by Tracy Davidson
  8. Triolet?, by Moira Nicholson
  9. It’s Not Too Late, by Nurit Israeli
  10. A Rondine for a Rondine, by Alice Stainer

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


Robert 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: Rondine Winner

  1. Marie Elena

    Congratulations Taylor! “I love it when a poem’s content seems to mirror the poetic form’s constraints.” What a compliment! And congratulations to all the top tenners … all winners in my book!

  2. Nurit Israeli

    Congratulations, Taylor! I love your memory store and can readily relate… congratulations to all others on the list. Thank you, Robert, yet again. I enjoyed this challenge and feel honored to be on this list with poets I admire.

  3. taylor graham

    Thank you, Robert! Congratulations to all the top 10, and everyone who wrote a rondine. It’s a lovely form — we’re trying it now in our little Tuesday at Two workshop. These Poetic Form Challenges are a great resource!

  4. Haikutopia

    Congratulations Taylor on the winning rondine!!! Thank you Robert for another great poetic form challenge and for choosing one of my rondine for the Top Ten. Very thrilled! I enjoyed trying my hand at this one. Congratulations to all the poets who wrote Top Ten rondines!

  5. Jane Shlensky

    Congratulations, Taylor. This is a dandy of a poem that I’m understanding more the older I get. I’m glad to be among these fine top tenners. Thanks, Robert, for yet another great form.


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