Inverse Challenge Winners

An inside look into the Vocal Curation Team's favorite poems from the Inverse Challenge

By Vocal Curation TeamPublished 2 months ago 1 min read

Misplaced keys, biodegradable pots, rainbow jellycats… such “ordinary” objects, images, you might say — but they are what make Teresa Renton’s Lost Things Wait for You to Find Them but Sometimes They Don't inverse poem stand out as our winner. We are drawn into the particular world of this poem by specific visions like that. In this latest challenge, we asked you for a poem that could be read from the top or the bottom, and which takes on a different meaning depending which way you read. Teresa’s poem made me think a little bit of Elizabeth Bishop’s famous villanelle, One Art, in its conflicted engagement with loss and abandonment. A terrific achievement.

Gabriel Huizenga’s The Man Born Blind comes in second place, for its thoughtfulness, its willingness to reflect on a challenging experience in poetic language. It’s a brief poem, its language very plain and simple, but the inverse form reflects the moral choice, action or lack of action, that the poet elucidates. A difficult subject, handled with empathy.

We also enjoyed M Lee’s You, and meditation on how we find our worth; the rise and fall of Oleg in the Arctic’s it’s always half past somewhere; and the fleeting search for calm in The In Between by A Lady with a Pen. As ever we loved how you rose to this challenge, exploring what it means — and how important it can be — to look at things first one way, and then another…

You can check out the full list of winners HERE and learn about our current challenges below:


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  • 𝐑𝐌 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐭𝐨𝐧about a month ago

    Congratulations all! Well done!

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    Congratulations, everyone!

  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congratulations everyone!!🥳🥳🥳

  • Spencer Goldade2 months ago


  • Gina C.2 months ago

    Thank you so much, Vocal! I feel so surprised and honored to have placed. ❤️ Congratulations to everyone!

  • Amanda Starks2 months ago

    Thank you so much, everyone!! It means the world to me! And congrats to everyone else who placed!

  • Gabriel Huizenga2 months ago

    Congratulations, everyone!! Well done all around! So humbled to be among those recognized, and grateful to be a part of this whole beautiful, creative community <3

  • D.K. Shepard2 months ago

    Grateful to be chosen as a runner up! This was quite the tricky challenge and there were so many amazing poems that came out of it!

  • A. J. Schoenfeld2 months ago

    Congratulations winners! This was a challenge I couldn't quite wrap my head around. I am so impressed that you were all able to do so beautifully.

  • sheidu yekini2 months ago


  • Oneg In The Arctic2 months ago

    Oh wow didn't expect this!! That's awesome, thank you. #oleg hehe

  • Randy Baker2 months ago

    Congrats to the winners! Well done!

  • ema2 months ago

    Congratulations to the winners !🎉

  • Congratulations!!

  • Mellygan2 months ago

    Congratulations everyone!! <3

  • sleepy drafts2 months ago

    Congratulations, everyone!!! These are fantastic and inspiring choices. 💗💗💗

  • Just Daniel2 months ago

    Congratulations to everyone for sharing your wonderful poems and creativity with everyone else =).

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