WD Poetic Form Challenge: Byr a Thoddaid Winner

Author:
Publish date:

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the Welsh 4-line poetic form, byr a thoddaid. As usual, many poems made the original cut before I was able to get it down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner.

Read all the byr a thoddaid poems here.

Here is the winner:

This Is Heaven, by James Von Hendy

The man we love most in the world
is dying. He sits, fingers curled
around the covers of an open book
to mark his place, and though

he nods asleep, each time he wakes
he reads with wonder what he takes
to be words he's not read before. Tonight
dim light pools on the floor

about his bare and swollen feet,
taut skin pale as a winding sheet.
He says there's nothing after death, so this
is heaven's realm, the breath-

less living room, its curtains drawn
against the night. "We're here, we're gone."
He shrugs, and smiles at us, son and wife.
"This life's a benison.

"No other heaven can compare."
It's true we'd rather not despair.
These long evenings, spanning years, are blessed,
and best, it staves our tears.

*****

Build an Audience for Your Poetry!

Build an Audience for Your Poetry tutorial

Learn how to find more readers for your poetry with the Build an Audience for Your Poetry tutorial! In this 60-minute tutorial, poets will learn how to connect with more readers online, in person, and via publication.

Poets will learn the basic definition of a platform (and why it’s important), tools for cultivating a readership, how to define goals and set priorities, how to find readers without distracting from your writing, and more!

Click to continue.

*****

Congratulations, James!

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

  1. This Is Heaven, by James Von Hendy
  2. Beware the Swallow Parade, by William Preston
  3. Artisanal Salt, by RJ Clarken
  4. Panning for Gold, by Taylor Graham
  5. The Gift of Age, by Nancy Posey
  6. Sun and Shadow, by Joslyn Chase
  7. Remembering Us, by Lisa L. Stead
  8. The Backyard, by Daniel Paicopulas
  9. Night in the Forest, by Sara McNulty
  10. Sunset, by Jane Shlensky

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

Participate in the haiku sonnet challenge through September 30. Click to continue.

*****

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.

roberttwitterimage

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.

Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.

*****

Find more poetic posts here:

Probst_1:20

Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.

Wrobel_1:20

Stephanie Wrobel: On Writing an Unusual Hero

Author Stephanie Wrobel explains how she came to write about mental illness and how it affects familial relationships, as well as getting inside the head of an unusual character.

who_are_the_inaugural_poets_for_united_states_presidents_robert_lee_brewer

Who Are the Inaugural Poets for United States Presidents?

Here is a list of the inaugural poets for United States Presidential Inauguration Days from Robert Frost to Amanda Gorman. This post also touches on who an inaugural poet is and which presidents have had them at their inaugurations.

precedent_vs_president_grammar_rules_robert_lee_brewer

Precedent vs. President (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use precedent vs. president with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 554

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a future poem.

new_agent_alert_tasneem_motala_the_rights_factory

New Agent Alert: Tasneem Motala of The Rights Factory

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Tasneem Motala of The Rights Factory) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

Miller_1:19

Timothy Miller: The Alluring Puzzle of Fact and Fiction

Screenwriter and novelist Timothy Miller explains how he came to write historical fiction and how research can help him drive his plot.

Batra&DeCandido_1:18

Dr. Munish Batra and Keith R.A. DeCandido: Entertainment and Outrage

Authors Dr. Munish Batra and Keith R.A. DeCandido explain how they came to co-write their novel and why it's important to them that the readers experience outrage while reading.