ROUND ONE: 3-mangled vs. 14-heretofore

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The Poets’ Challenge: Each poet is assigned a single word based on their bracket seed, ranging from 1 (intuitive) to 16 (seemingly impossible). Poets must write a kid-appropriate poem using the prompted word in under 36 hours. Once both final poems have been received, they will be pasted into the body of this post, and then the reader poll will be open for voting.

Voter Instructions: Read each poem as many times as you’d like. Then use the poll to express your preference. Votes are counted in real time and cannot be changed once entered. As a guideline for voting, consider the criteria on which the contestants on the cooking show “Chopped” are evaluated: presentation, taste, and creativity. Translated roughly into poetry terms, presentation might include technical aspects such as meter, rhyme, form/shape, etc.; taste might be the net effect — did the poem move you to laugh, cry, think, kill, etc.; and creativity might include the poet’s approach toward a certain subject, image evocation, clever wordplay, etc.

“This is awesome, where can I find more?”: All results and scheduled matchups, including a glance at the round-by-round writing windows and voting windows, are visible from the Live Scoreboard page. In addition, results will be tweeted from @edecaria as they become final.

Here are the poems:

Red Riding Hood Went Ninja
by Renee LaTulippe

“For heaven’s sake, you stupid wolf,
I’ve had it up to here.
Just let me pass to Grandma’s house
or it will cost you dear.”
Karate chops and kicks ensued,
their limbs were all entangled.
Red Riding Hood went ninja, now
that wolf is good and mangled.


The Tournament
by Patricia Nozell

Spake Herr Tortoise to Sir Rabbit           
As he crept across the floor,                       
“I shalt triumph yet again,                       
As I succeeded heretofore.”                       
Spake Sir Rabbit to Herr Tortoise           
With a sneer and nasty roar,                       
“Just ye wait, Master Tortoise,           
And I shalt even up thy score!”



3-mangled vs. 14-heretofore: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 3-mangled (Renee LaTulippe) (76%, 96 Votes)
  • 14-heretofore (Patricia Nozell) (24%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 127

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  • Patricia Nozell

    Good luck, Renee. Interesting that we are both in the EU (I’m visiting my son & friends in the UK), in similar time zones as we scribble away. Would be very interesting to see a poem with both of our words in it! Maybe we can collaborate on this afterwards…

  • Renee LaTulippe

    Hi Patricia! Good luck to you, too. Ah, so we’re practically in the same time zone. I was thinking the same thing about using both words (I actually like your word!), and I’m always up for collaboration. I wrote my poem yesterday and think I will send it in now…shudder…

  • Patricia Nozell

    Remember a title, Renee. I had almost forgotten that detail. Bon chance! (not quite Italian, but at least a Romance language…).

  • Renee LaTulippe

    I’ve got the title! Buona fortuna – here it goes!

  • Julie Rowan-Zoch

    Yeehaw! Renee has gone Ninja!

  • Allan Wolf

    Wow. This was a really tough call.

  • Ed DeCaria

    I LOVE that both of these poems are re-writes of epic storybook battles.

  • Patricia Nozell

    Very astute, Ed. Who would have known the link between mangled & heretofore…

    Renee, I really think we need to work on a poem including both words!

  • Debby Naccarini

    Agreed Ed! Enjoyed them both. But Renee’s made me laugh out loud!

  • Pam

    Ladies, both of these poems were great fun to read! I’m picturing illustrations already. I think a collaboration IS in order. I’d buy it!

  • Renee LaTulippe

    Heh. How odd that we both did rewrites, Patricia! And look — we already made a sale. Thanks, Pam! :)

  • Julie Larios

    Good work! I loved this match-up.

  • Penny Klostermann

    Such fun you two! This was one of my favorite match-ups!

  • Amy LV

    A tricky one! I loved the fresh angles on these!

  • Donna Martin

    Renee, with my background, how else COULD I choose but the karate kicking Red Riding Hood? ;0)

  • Kathryn Apel

    This was sooooo so close. Both so good in their own way. Wished I could vote twice. :)

  • Heidi Mordhorst

    Again, a really hard one. I love Herr Tortoise and Sir Rabbit, and the concept of a ninja RRR.

  • Linda Baie

    Wow-I know others have said it, but this match up is uncanny that both have re-written old stories. It was hard to choose; both are so clever!

  • Debbie

    Both of you rock! Two talented writers. :-)

  • Ann Jacobus

    Uncanny match! Kudos to you both. Hi-YA!

  • laurasalas

    Ninja Red Riding Hood? Genius!

  • Cathy Mealey

    I have a favorite…but are terrific! What an epic match!

  • Darren Sardelli

    Renee – I love your poem!!!
    Great job to Patricia as well.