ROUND ONE: 3-imminent-vs-14-denuded


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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:

3-imminent
Hurricane Trevor
By Charles Waters

Daddy says “Hurricane’s coming,”
Grandpa mutters, “Yep, he’s imminent.”
Judging from the look on their faces,
Creases of lines sharper than a shard of glass,
I don’t take it this to mean good times
Are about to happen. I hold Grandma’s hand
To comfort her, hoping she can’t read my heart,
See that I’m projecting false confidence.

vs.

14-denuded
Top Dog
by Suz Blackaby

Scrawny kitties cow and shuffle
When our tom cat starts a scuffle,
On patrol in the back alley,
Hounding rivals to kerfuffle.

Wounded slightly (just a scratch)
And denuded (just a patch),
Still he’s bested all contenders:
Puff has yet to meet his match.

 




3-imminent vs. 14-denuded: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 3-imminent (Charles Waters) (24%, 49 Votes)
  • 14-denuded (Suz Blackaby) (76%, 154 Votes)

Total Voters: 203

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

    Hmmm, this should prove to be a very interesting match-up. Good luck “authletes!”

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

    Wow. These could be nightmares…or the change of seasons…

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Hehehe. OK, how much fun can you have in a poem with denuded? This one tickles me.

  • http://www.lindaboyden.com Linda Boyden

    Imminent connotes danger or suspense and denuded for a kid poem, why not? Best of luck, authletes!

  • http://www.robynwaters.com Robyn Waters

    Wow Suz, I can’t wait to see what you do with this one!

    I’m cheering for you!

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

    Oh, I so want to read these!

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

    It’s ten times harder to choose when the poems are completely different like these! They both have so much to recommend them – what to do, what to do? Have to think and come back later. Congrats, Charles and Suz – well done!

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

    Small children and kitties – everyone’s a sucker for ‘em.
    Charles, I love the story in your poem. So real.
    Suz, as always, a good laugh. Puff. Ha.

  • http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

    Really liked the drama in both of these. I adore seeing where the words take us in each one…thank you to Charles and Suz! ‘Great way to begin my morning!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    This was a tough one! Emotion and story vs. language and meter. It’s Sohpie’s Choice in poetry!

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

    Great story, Charles. Terrific meter and language, Suz. Enjoyed them both!

  • http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com Catherine Johnson

    I am notoriously bad at making decisions, this competition will fry my brain. These are both great!

  • http://www.mattforrest.com Matt Forrest

    Talk about two completely different styles!

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

    Another tough decision. I absolutely love both of them. Oh the Madness of voting!

  • http://susantaylorbrown.com Susan Taylor Brown

    Wowsers. I want to vote for both!

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

    That is really just the first eight lines of a longer poem by Charles … I am hoping that he will post the rest of it here for you all.

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

    Love the nervousness of the first one, and the fact that the “top dog is a cat” in the second! (We have a cat/dog like that!!)

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

    Yes, such very different offerings! Really enjoyed both. Does Suz get invisible bonus points for also using kerfuffle?! ;0)

  • Patricia Nozell

    Such different feelings in these two poems. Wish I could vote twice!

  • Judi Gardiner

    Oh Suz,

    You never fail to delight me! What an incredible sense of humor and rhythm you have!!!

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

    Charles, I hope that you will post the rest of your poem. When I read it I wanted more.

  • http://www.charleswaters.net Charles Waters

    Hello everyone,

    What a fun game that was to play. I wish my opponent the best of luck in the next round. Here’s the full poem for those of you interested in reading it Enjoy!

    HURRICANE TREVOR

    Daddy says “Hurricane’s coming,”
    Grandpa mutters, “Yep, it’s imminent.”
    Judging from the look on their faces,
    Creases of lines sharper than a shard of glass,
    I don’t take it this to mean good times
    Are about to happen. I hold Grandma’s hand
    To comfort her, hoping she can’t read my heart,
    See that I’m projecting false confidence.
    Our windows are barricaded, furniture moved
    To the center of our one level brick home.
    Cans of beans, soups and vegetables stand sentry,
    Including bottles of water and my favorite cranberry
    Fruit juice. Momma’s pacing, shoulders hunched,
    She thinks we should have driven out of town days
    Ago; when this was mentioned (more than once)
    Grandma would nod her head up and down.
    However, it’s the men that make decisions in
    This house, although if I had a vote
    Daddy and Grandpa would be disappointed
    In my verdict.

    (C) Charles Waters 2013 all rights reserved