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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:
by Mary Lee Hahn
Stonehenge is a megalith,
a cairn of monumental heft.
Grave and silent, mystifying,
Mostly cairns are landmarks now,
though some display artistic prowess.
Stone on stone, unlikely balance,
signpost of life’s rocky challenge.
A Claque, By Any Other Spelling
by Lori Degman
Clickety clack, along the track. This poem will sure be easy!
What – not clack? You spell it claque? Oh, now I’m feeling queasy!
Claque’s a word I’ve never heard. I need to check it out!
To quote Roget: “a group they pay, to clap and cheer and shout”.
I surely can’t have sycophants selecting mine for money.
I’d rather they would smile and say, “I picked it ’cause it’s funny!”
6-cairn vs. 11-claque: Which Poem Did You Prefer?
- 6-cairn (Mary Lee Hahn) (51%, 217 Votes)
- 11-claque (Lori Degman) (49%, 210 Votes)
Total Voters: 427
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