WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tricube Winner

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With the next poetic form challenge just around the corner, here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the tricube. More than 40 poems made the original cut, then 17 made the next cut, so it was difficult getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner, but here we are.

Read all the tricubes in the comments here.

Here is the winner:

Unburdening, by James Von Hendy

The river
runs swiftly,
his pockets

filled with stones,
one for each
dream deferred.

He skips them,
one by one,
a drowning.


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Congratulations, James! It's hard to make a fresh image of a river, but doing it in only 27 syllables is pretty astounding.

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

  1. Unburdening, by James Von Hendy
  2. Porch Music, by Jane Shlensky
  3. Nursing Home Dancers, by Nurit Israeli
  4. Finished, by Tracy Davidson
  5. In the Middle of the Move, by Nancy Posey
  6. Visiting (H)ours, by Paula Wanken
  7. Jenga, by Margie Fuston
  8. This Winter, by Julie Germain
  9. Yin Yang, by Michelle Hed
  10. Twilight Jog, by Jessica Cummins

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

Look for the next poetic form and challenge just around the corner.


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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