The triversen is a loose form of sentence-long tercets developed by William Carlos Williams. In other words, each stanza is composed of one sentence split into 3 lines, and each line has 2 to 4 beats or 4-8 syllable count. The poem is nonrhyming, and as a whole, has 6 stanzas or 18 lines total.
Example by Robert Lee Brewer
“today we buried mom”
today we buried mom
& 1,000 red-winged blackbirds
found a branch in our backyard.
the shadow of a deer
was spotted on a snowdrift,
wind sneaking into our house.
everyone knows everyone
dies & then we’re faced
with how to handle the body.
in her favorite dress
we buried mom with some lilies
& a john wayne poster.
i’ve been trying to forget
the last time we talked
but here i am alone with you.
1,000 blackbirds hold the trees
before loosening their grip
to disappear in the sun.
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- creativity/content and originality, [12 points]
- coherence of form and structure (harmony of words, presentation), [12 points]
- clarity of imagery and language/grammar, [10 points]
- emotional impact, [10 points]
- topic/relevance to the theme, [6 points]
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- Only stories that garnered an average score/rating of 7.5 and above from the panel of judges shall be eligible for winning.
- The last date of submission is July 20, 2022 (Wednesday).
- Winners shall be announced on July 27, 2022 (Wednesday).
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