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 Charles Ghigna
Dear Poetry Partner,
so full of wit,
Tiffany, our lamp is lit.
May the heat of our battle
bring joy and not rattle
our Muse into a rhymed rage.
Like the melting of plastic,
my poem of spastic
now oozes all over this page.
raise your rhymed voice,
this poem is finally done.
With your vote and blessing
may this poem stop stressing
and earn us all number WON!
WHICH CAME FIRST?
by Tiffany Strelitz Haber
I had a strange disorder growing up, I surely did.
I looked just like a chicken. Nothing like a normal kid.
A genie claimed he’d cure me, “Buck up, boy. Have no despair.”
“The side effect is baldness though.”
(I told him, “I don’t care.”)
He had me grab my beak and shriek and spin and shake my leg.
And that, my friend, is why and how
I now…look like an egg.
6-spastic vs. 11-baldness: Which Poem Did You Prefer?
- 6-spastic (Charles Ghigna) (25%, 38 Votes)
- 11-baldness (Tiffany Strelitz Haber) (75%, 113 Votes)
Total Voters: 151
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