ROUND ONE: 6-dotted vs. 11-allegedly

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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:

The Musings of Maxim; Edit-err
by Kathryn Apel

I’ve spotted my stakes
and dotted my tees,
crossed my eyes
and queued my peas.
I’ve cut and confuddled
confounding clichés
but I’m dashed if I know
how to turn a phrase.


The Deed
by Carol Wilc
Supposedly, ostensibly, allegedly,
I did it.
Dreadfully, recklessly, uncaringly,
             I hid it.
Unconscionably, emphatically, unceasingly,
             I denied it.
Unexplainably, unthinkably, regretfully,
                    I lied.



6-dotted vs. 11-allegedly: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 6-dotted (Kathryn Apel) (65%, 82 Votes)
  • 11-allegedly (Carol Wilc) (35%, 44 Votes)

Total Voters: 126

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  • Renee LaTulippe

    Both clever! It’s a tough one… :)

  • Ann Jacobus

    Enjoyed these both! Bravo.

  • Pam

    Both of these are really good. Another hard one to knit pick away!

  • Natalie

    These are great! Such a tough decision!

  • Kathryn Apel

    Well done, Carol. It’s a ‘gulp’ moment when you take a risk and do something a little bit different. Love what you’ve done with yours.

  • Kathryn Apel

    And thank-you for the comments, ladies. This is good fun!

  • Julie Rowan-Zoch

    Yikes, this is tougher to decide on than the last one!

  • Chloe

    Well done both of you. What a fantastic battle!

  • Catherine Johnson

    Both wonderful, ladies!

  • Sally Odgers

    Excellent offerings, ladies, both –
    To pick between ‘em I was loath
    Simplicity won out at last
    Because I tried to say ‘em fast.

  • Kathryn Apel

    Clever you, Sally. Succumbing to a poem in your comment. :)

  • Liz

    It was hard to choose. Both were excellent.

  • Carol

    Just got home from a long day at work. I love your poem– very clever.

  • Katya

    Both of these were so funny and clever. So hard to chose.

  • Heidi Mordhorst

    Good heavens, what riches! I adore both of these–they tickle my wordy-bone. Really excellent–how to vote?!

  • Susan Taylor Brown

    These are both such fun, not just to read on the screen, but to read out loud. A close one to call. Well done to both of you.

  • Kathryn Apel

    Thanks so much for all the feedback. As so many of you said, it was a close one to call. Carol, I think I wouldn’t be alone in saying you should drop the ‘wannabe’. You ARE a poet. This poem is proof of that.

  • Carol

    Thanks so much for your kind words! Best of luck as you move forward! I will be rooting for you! Carol