ROUND ONE: 6-prolific vs. 11-corrosive

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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:

by Carol-Ann Hoyte

Carlene’s mattress forts were prolific.
Her pals swore that they were terrific.
When the bedbugs moved in
with their closest of kin,
the forts were called much too horrific.


Corrosive Cursive
by Annabelle Salas

Science, I wish you didn’t exist!  I love reading (and writing, to be exact!)
I’d rather experiment with poems  and rhymes than watch chemicals react
As Ms. Evans tells the class to put their safety goggles on,
My mind pours out liquid poetic gold, my words flowing like a song
I slip on the goggles and some gloves, ‘cause my cursive’s corrosive
My pencil is like dynamite, my words exciting and EXPLOSIVE!
Yesterday I got detention when she noticed  I was reading a book
So I sit swirling a story into my “notes”, just hoping she doesn’t look!



6-prolific vs. 11-corrosive: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 6-prolific (Carol-Ann Hoyte) (58%, 65 Votes)
  • 11-corrosive (Annabelle Salas) (42%, 47 Votes)

Total Voters: 112

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  • Debbie

    Great poems! I love mattress forts! I want to build one.
    And Annabelle, that was so me. Down with Science and Math! I wonder if you could find a way to intermix the learning of Science with poetry…. There’s a poem, the Periodic Table! LOL.

  • laurasalas

    Terrific poems, you guys! I’m proud to know both of you. And, um, be the mom of one of you:>)

  • Annabelle

    Congrats Carol-Ann! Good luck in the next round! And thanks so much, Debbie! Ironically, I barely realized I was depicting myself in the poem, hahaha. I literally did that in high school! Thanks for all your suport, Mom, and for introducing me to the contest! :)