ROUND ONE: 3-influx vs. 14-lugubrious


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  • How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word.
  • Technical elements: meter, rhyme, form, shape, and other poetic standards.
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  • 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-influx
Food F(l)ight
By Quinette Cook

Birds of a feather gathering together, land in the yard at the house next to mine.
Clicking and clacking, clucking and quacking, I count them one hundred and nine.
An influx of ducks, like boisterous trucks, honking they make straight for the table.
Fowl-feathered friends, hungry drake and his hens, gobble up corn while they’re able.

But then dog jumps in, creating a vociferous din, his appearance quite disturbing.
Barking and growling, running and prowling, his presence is invasive, perturbing.
The disgruntled ducks, not wanting bad luck, take flight before finishing their dinner.
Splatter-splat-splat, naughty dog, take that! Now, who do you think is the winner?

vs.

14-lugubrious
An Unfortunate Lug
By Julie Krantz

I once knew a man on Vesuvius
who was known to be rather lugubrious.
He wallowed in debt
raising spiders as pets—
no wonder his prospects were dubious.

 




3-influx vs. 14-lugubrious: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 3-influx (Quinette Cook) (56%, 100 Votes)
  • 14-lugubrious (Julie Krantz) (44%, 77 Votes)

Total Voters: 177

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

    Julie,
    I’m looking forward to seeing what on earth you do with lugubrious. I know I would have become melancholy if I had received a word like that.

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

    I can’t wait to see what you ladies come up with!

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

    These are fun words! I like the way they look and sound.

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

    Hahaha–I’ve been workin’ it, Ladies! Looking forward to your poems as well!

  • http://www.AlisonHertz.com Alison Hertz

    Lugubrious rolls off the tongue. Can’t wait to read what you create using it.

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

    Aw, poor Vesuvius man. Sounds like an influx of ducks might liven up his day. Gitcher fun pomes here, folks! I have to come back to this one – well done on both sides!

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

    Ha, ha. I want to illustrate your poem Julie!

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

    Vesuvious/lugubrious…clever indeed! And that scene of the dog and ducks – it would happen for sure! Thanks, guys!

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

    Another pair where I want to vote for both! Congrats to lugubrious and influx.

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

    This really is an impossible matchup to vote on – both are excellent!

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

    Agreed…what a matchup. Awesome!

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

    Wow–thanks for the kind words, everyone!

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

    Yah, what Julie said! I am so impressed by all the great poems. This is some tournament!

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

    You two obviously had way too much fun writing these poems! (I know, it’s hard work – but the fun really shines through these.) Decisions, decisions… another tough one. Congrats to both.

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

    I do enjoy writing poetry – its a fun way to stretch your writing muscles and I think it makes all of my writing better. (Not necessarily my keyboarding, though.) It’s also a great opportunity to push words around!

  • Janet F.

    I love your comment about about writing poetry, Quinette! I think kids gain so much from flexing their writing muscles in this genre. Enjoyed the humor and words in your poem and the contrast with Julie’s seriously lugubrious, though fun one, too. They both dance.

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

    Julie, I can admit now that I really LOVED your poem. I find Limericks very tricky and you so nailed this one. I still think it would be so much fun to illustrate. (Maybe I will and then send it to you.) Thank you for a great match.

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

    Congrats Quinette, great imagery and fun. Loved your poem and Julie’s limerick too!

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

    Thanks to all for a super-fun poetry challenge. Good luck in the coming rounds, Quinette! It was fun sparring with you–and, yes, please do send me that illustration if/when you do it!