ROUND ONE: 1-generic vs. 16-interstices

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  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word, given its level of difficulty.
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  • Personality: creative imagery, language, metaphor, etc.
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Here are the poems:

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1-generic what does it mean?
Brand No
by Beth Rayner

While shopping with my mom one day, I commandeered the cart
and crammed it with the junk food that seemed dearest to my heart.
To be safe, I read the labels, searching contents on my phone.
I wondered if it matters if the shelf life is unknown?

Red dye this, high fructose that, hydrogenated fats,
one causes diabetes, the other melts your tatts.
The processed brands I researched brought my browsing to a close,
so hence, generic popcorn was the only thing I chose.

vs.

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16-interstices what does it mean?
Bebop Flop
By Amy Moore

Tick. Tock. Oh my geez!
Tick. Tock. Teacher, PLEASE!
The metronome’s interstices
Leave me no time to find the keys!

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
Tick. Tock. MAKE IT STOP!
I can’t keep up with your bebop.
I’m a big piano-playing f
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Public Vote (1-generic vs. 16-interstices)
Final Results:
1-generic vs. 16-interstices

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Final Results:
1-generic vs. 16-interstices
Classroom Vote (ID Required)
Final Results:
1-generic vs. 16-interstices




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  • http://www.debrashumaker.com/ Debra Shumaker

    Wow, great poems! I really struggled with this one. . . . but alas, I had to cast a vote for one.

    • Beth Rayner

      Thanks, Debra!

    • Amy Moore

      Thanks! It *is* hard picking just one for some of the match-ups!

  • Samuel Kent

    I think this one is going to be really close.

    • Beth Rayner

      To the little frayed edges of that last sticky-outie wire!

      • Samuel Kent

        Congratulations to you!

        • Beth Rayner

          Thanks!

  • Beth Rayner

    Samuel, it’ll be so interesting to catch your comments. I’m honored to have a chance at this. Your ampersand poem was stunning!

  • Beth Rayner

    Samuel, it’ll be so interesting to catch your comments. I’m honored to have a chance at this. Your ampersand poem was stunning!

    • Amy Moore

      I completely agree. Ampersand was just brilliant!

    • http://phillipvanwagoner.com Phillip Van Wagoner

      I just want to chime in and agree that ampersand was incredible

    • Samuel Kent

      Thanks guys!

  • Amy Moore

    Nice work Beth!

  • Beth Rayner

    You as well, Amy!

    • Amy Moore

      Thank you!

  • Carol Samuelson-Woodson

    Can’t remember which one I voted for last night. Great junk food “message,” but interstices gets a lot of points for “impossible” word.

  • http://www.mainelywrite.blogspot.com Donna Smith

    Both of these poems are about my life! It’s hard to choose.

  • Beth Rayner

    Ohmigosh! Who knew poetry could be so exciting! Whew!

  • http://www.thinkkidthink.com/ Ed DeCaria

    Another close one! I could have easily seen either of you move on from this matchup. But the clock had to stop sometime. Thank you, Amy, and congrats, Beth. And Beth, I can think of at least ONE person who knew poetry could be this exciting … ;)

    • Beth Rayner

      Well planned, Sir! Where’s the Gatorade?

    • Amy Moore

      It was my pleasure. Here’s to all the authletes moving on!

  • Beth Rayner

    Amy, that was amazing! You rock!

    • Amy Moore

      Thanks Beth!

  • Samuel Kent

    Great job to both of you this round.

    • Beth Rayner

      Thanks, Samuel!

  • Amy Moore

    Congratulations Beth! That was a nail-biter, wasn’t it? Good luck in the next round!

    • Beth Rayner

      Thanks, Amy! I’ll look for you on FB. Best to you!