Runner-Up Poem in the Shahid Ali Ghazal Contest

Vince Gotera Aswang Ghazal: Santiago’s Confession As long as I can remember, I’ve been aswang. Deadly hidden fact, the fate and life of an aswang. As a boy I found I could sprout black sleek fur, but only in hiding. Never to shout, “I Am Aswang!” The urge so great, so deeply seductively tempting, To…

Winning Poem in the Shahid Ali Ghazal Contest

Margo Berdeshevsky GHAZAL: HEAR ME      The handprints in ancient cave art were left by women —National Geographic If the new animal voice cries for my empty bed, hear me. If a wide red wing climbing my cotton gown stills me, unwed—hear me. If wars in blued tongues of the night-scarved crows admit what our mothers pretend to…

Invented Form Contest

Poetry Witch is happy to announce a poetry contest for a poem in an invented form. Poems in any invented form are eligible. Here is our definition of an invented form. An invented form is structured through an original, predictable pattern of repeating language elements. The structure can be based on repetitions of sound (rhyme, meter,…

Shahid Ali’s Birthday Ghazal Contest

UPDATE 2016 Winners:  We’re very happy to announce that Margo Berdeshevsky has won our first contest with her memorable ghazal “Hear Me.” Vince Gotera’s wonderful “Aswang Ghazal”: Santiago’s Confession” is our esteemed runner-up. Thanks to all entrants! We look forward to your participation in upcoming contest devoted to the bop, which will judged by the form’s creator,…