WD Poetic Form Challenge: Hir A Thoddaid Winner

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Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the hir a thoddaid along with a Top 10 list. The next challenge will likely appear after the April PAD Challenge, which starts on Monday.

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Read all of them here.

Here is the winning hir a thoddaid:

Still Life in the Afternoon, by William Preston

Across the cornfield I see a doe
pause in the stubble covered with snow
as a single sunbeam casts its glow
along her form; she is still, although
poised to fly at any sound or movement.
The Louvre has no higher art to show.


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Congratulations, William! "Still Life in the Afternoon" asks the reader to slow down and appreciate a moment, which is expertly crafted like a painter or sculptor. Line 4, in particular, is a brilliant piece of pacing followed close by the potential energy of the fifth line. Very well done.

Here’s my Top 10 list:

  1. Still Life in the Afternoon, by William Preston
  2. Evelyn With the Leaf Blower, by Jane Shlensky
  3. Blue Eyes Turned Gray, by Troy DeFrates
  4. The Dark Cosmic Swirl, by gpr crane
  5. What I Found, by Taylor Graham
  6. Music, by Tracy Davidson
  7. Maybe, by Darlene Franklin
  8. Sweet Dreams, by Uma
  9. She Wrestles With Hassles, by Nurit Israeli
  10. As for My Father, by Lisa L Stead

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


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, 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 and Smash Poetry Journal. Follow him on Twitter @RobertLeeBrewer.


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