ROUND ONE: 1-host vs. 16-priggish

r1f2 1-host vs. 16-priggish

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Voter Instructions:

  • The countdown at the bottom of each pairing indicates how much time is left to vote.
    • When voting closes, timer will disappear.
  • Read both poems as many times as you like.
  • Mark the poem you like best by clicking the circle next to its name.
  • Press the “Vote” button to record your vote.
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    • Classrooms should submit one vote as a class.
    • Students can then vote again individually from home.

Things to Consider in Making a Choice:

  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word.
  • Technical elements: meter, rhyme, form, shape, and other poetic standards.
  • Creativity: wordplay, imagery, unusual approach, etc.
  • Subtle elements that make the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Your overall response: emotional reaction such as admiration, tears, laughter, terror, or some indefinable feeling.

Here are the poems:

1-host
Foreign Exchange
by Charles Waters

My family is playing host to a foreign exchange student named
Hua Hua. Mom’s old office, her new room, clean as a church pew,
Meal times locked in on dry erase board in kitchen, “From now on
We eat like a family.” Dad says. I spend weeks fretting over books about
Chinese culture, I plan on introducing myself in her native tongue. At last
Our door swings open, an 18 year old, short haired marvel steps in, trailed
By a mountain of suitcases. I bow, “Ni-Hao Hua Hua.” She smiles, matches
my bow, offers her hand and says, “Hello friend.”

vs.

16-priggish
Survival of the Fittest
by Miranda Paul

Our substitute teacher looks piggish.
(His eyeballs, however, are buggish.)

His hair is suspiciously wiggish;
his beard is capriciously ruggish.

His thick finger-shaking is priggish,
his sick lunchbox-taking is thuggish.

But we’re glad he’s unbearably biggish…
‘cause his chase is so terribly sluggish!

 


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  • deborahhwilliams

    Oh, Miranda, this brings back that fear I felt walking into classrooms as a sub! Great job.

  • Jackie Wellington

    Good job, Miranda :D

  • http://teacherdance.blogspot.com Linda Baie

    I subbed a long while ago, & that feeling of facing the ‘crowd’ shows what the students might have wanted to say. Wish I had had the poem to read then! Charles, I like the story form you chose, and the happy ending of I guess “relief”.

  • Ldegman

    Talk about totally different poems! That makes it even harder to vote!!

  • Catherine

    Yes very different. It’s so hard when they have different qualities. Great job poets!

  • Quinette Cook

    iggish, uggish – the back and forth of sound is read-aloud fun, Miranda!

    Charles, the form of your poem made me read more slowly, enjoying the story as it unfolded–good job my friend.

  • Damon Dean

    Charles, isn’t it great when language takes a back seat to smiles! Great poem and story.
    Miranda, ah the liberty we have with words! LOVE it!

  • Marileta Robinson

    Charles, I want to read on and find out what happens next. Great job!

  • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

    Love the story in your poem, Charles. It had no trouble in keeping my undivided attention. Miranda, what a creative and well-crafted poem. Love the unique combination of spacing and rhyme placement.

  • Bonnie Bailey

    Charles, I’m impressed. Very nice work.

  • http://www.glosonblog.com Gloson

    你们的诗很棒!两个都使我笑。加油!(Now to Google Translate you go…)

    • Miranda Paul

      What if I’m too lazy to go to Google Translate? Or what if it’s not accurate? ;)

      • http://www.glosonblog.com Gloson

        Okay, fine fine. :P Here is the accurate translation:

        Your poems are very great! Both made me smile. Go go go!

  • julie krantz

    Two very different poems–apples and oranges. But both so good!

  • Quinette Cook

    Charles, I think it’s great that the classroom vote went to your poem.

    • Miranda Paul

      To be honest, so do I!