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.
  • Votes are counted in real time and cannot be changed once entered.
  • You can only vote once from a given IP address.
    • 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:

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.”


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!


Public Vote (1-host vs. 16-priggish)
Final Results:
1-host vs. 16-priggish

Authlete Vote (ID Required)
Final Results:
1-host vs. 16-priggish
Classroom Vote (ID Required)
Final Results:
1-host vs. 16-priggish

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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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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? ;)

      • 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!