ROUND TWO: 1-jam vs. 8-caricature


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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-jam
Miss Trumpet
By Anna J. Boll

When the jazzy band, plays its jazzy jam
Miss Trumpet steals the show.
She slinks in, buttons down her back,
slender,
shiny.
With a wink she says, “Let my brass gown
glint,
in your eyes.
Let me skip you, trip you, Biddley-bop you, through meadows
Let me Wa-wa you, rock you low, slow, like a hammock in springtime.”
And when you’re even and easy she plunges you, Zweedley- BAM,
into ice cold waters.

vs.

8-caricature
Secret Identity
By Marileta Robinson

Inside, I am a banquet, a parade,
a broadway show.

You only see a quiet kid
who sits in the third row.

Inside, I’m jazz, I’m fireworks,
an undiscovered land.

You only see a caricature
of who I really am.

 




1-jam vs. 8-caricature: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 1-jam (Anna J. Boll) (41%, 93 Votes)
  • 8-caricature (Marileta Robinson) (59%, 132 Votes)

Total Voters: 225

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  • http://www.NoWaterRiver.com Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Ooh, lovely language in both poems here. Well done, ladies!

  • Domd

    Another one Renee, where both use “jazz”. Eerie.

  • Patricia Nozell

    Both used “jazz,” when in neither case would jazz music spring immediately to mind. Definitely eerie. And both definitely terrific poems!

  • Marileta Robinson

    Anna, I love “buttons down her back.” Very clever!

  • http://www.quinettecook.com Quinette Cook

    The tone of these two poems is so different. A type designer might have a great time with “Miss Trumpet” and a photographer with “Secret Identity.”

  • Hannah Ruth Wilde

    The jazz coincidence! Seems to me this happened last year with same words turning up in each poem. Whasupwidat?

  • http://katswhiskers.wordpress.com KatApel

    Well played, ladies. Two great poems. I adore the playful words to sing the music of the jazz piece.

  • Marileta Robinson

    I am a big fan of Anna’s poem.

  • http://www.poetrytalents.com Gloson Teh

    Man… THIS is a really, really, REALLY tough choice! I mean it! The first jazzy one is cool. Even the METER and choice of words are JAZZY! The second one—-is deep and should be taken seriously.

  • http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2012/11/poetry-friday-songwriting-with-mary.html Laura Shovan

    Great persona poems, ladies!

  • Carrie Finison

    Oh, this was hard. I love the language in both poems. I was wondering which meaning of “jam” Anna would use, and she chose one I wasn’t even thinking of – which I think was a great call. I like the unexpected!

  • http://annajboll.com Anna J. Boll

    Wow! I’m just back from VCFA (many hour drive) and it IS so funny we both used “jazz.” Thank you so much for the compliment Marileta. I can completely picture the kiddo who has so much going on inside and is quiet on the outside. I so often think of caricature as distortion or exaggeration. This is a different use.

  • http://www.pennyklostermann.com Penny Klostermann

    This has been the toughest for me. I wanted to vote for both! I couldn’t believe you both used “jazz”!

  • http://www.robynhoodblack.com Robyn Hood Black

    Yep, I’d like to vote for both, please. What a terrific match-up. Very different poems, and each does its job so well.

  • http://sevenacresky.wordpress.com Damon Dean

    Marileta, you tapped into the teacher in me making me want to discover this child and free him /her.
    I could hear and feel that brassy character in your character, Anna.
    Tough vote.

  • http://readingyear.blogspot.com Mary Lee

    I LOVE these lines:

    “Let me skip you, trip you, Biddley-bop you, through meadows
    Let me Wa-wa you, rock you low, slow, like a hammock in springtime.”

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Loved these. So hard to compare such unlike poems!

  • http://www.facebook.com/juliekrantzbooks juliekrantz

    Both so good, ladies!

  • http://www.animalhero.com Dave Crawley

    Two “jazzy” poems…and fun!

  • tanita

    That second poem is the introvert’s anthem. ☺

  • http://annajboll.com Anna J. Boll

    Thank you, Mary Lee!

  • http://www.buffysilverman.com Buffy Silverman

    Love these two jazzy poems. Especially enjoyed that personified trumpet–such a unique perspective!

  • Janet F.

    Being the daughter of a jazz trumpet player and band teacher extraordinaire, this one was brutal for me. Good luck to each poet and poem. Loved them both for different reasons. My father was a genius at both the trumpet and helping kids. Amazing…..sort of that muse thing going on and I am only a fan!!!

  • http://www.NoWaterRiver.com Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Both so beautiful. Congratulations, Marileta!

  • Marileta Robinson

    Thank you. Congratulations to Anna, too. The kid in my poem would have loved her poem!

  • Michel Krueger

    Both poems delivered rhythm and emotion. That jazzes me! Congrats, Marileta! You reminded me of my great time at Chautauqua back in 1992. I believe we met there.

  • Marileta Robinson

    Hi, Michel!

  • Marcus Ewert

    Marileta, you have written one of my favorite poems of the competition so far!

  • Marileta Robinson

    Wow! I really appreciate that, Marcus.

  • Josh Close

    I really liked your poem too, Marileta! Wonderful meaning, it meant more to me each time I re-read it.

  • Marcus Ewert

    You are so welcome!!

    Weirdly enough, I think my other fave poem is “Sterile Merrill.” How’s that for – to use a Round 3 word – bifurcated taste?

  • Marileta Robinson

    Thank you, Josh! Marcus, you’re going to have a tough time voting in round 3–you’ll have to choose between me and Tiffany. : )

  • Marcus Ewert

    Oh, that’s too funny! I hadn’t looked to see who you each were paired with next!
    Ruh-roh!

  • http://www.itsrhymetime.com Tiffany Strelitz

    Ohhhh, I just saw this! Thanks so much, Marcus!!!