ROUND TWO: 6-speculate vs. 3-rigged


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Voter Instructions:

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  • Mark the poem you like best by clicking the circle next to its name.
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    • Classrooms should submit one vote as a class.
    • Students can then vote again individually from home.

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:

6-speculate
A Bargain
By Laura Shovan

At dinnertime, I speculate about the green stuff on my plate.
This gloppy mess, was it alive? Could it be spinach, kale, endive,
or maybe radioactive peas floating on a zombie’s sneeze?
Its pungent smell is deleterious enough to make my brain delirious,
but I will eat the thing I hate, if you’ll just let me stay up late.

vs.

3-rigged
Oil and Water
By Robyn Hood Black

A bottlenose dolphin said to her calf,
“Let’s go where the Gulf’s not so deep.
We’ll visit our friends from pods closer in
and find a soft current for sleep.”

The calf after swimming whistled and squeaked,
“The sandy floor here is all digged –
This playground’s a 10 with its jungle gym!”
“Not quite,” said his mom. “It’s been rigged.”

 




6-speculate vs. 3-rigged: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 6-speculate (Laura Shovan) (65%, 125 Votes)
  • 3-rigged (Robyn Hood Black) (35%, 68 Votes)

Total Voters: 193

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  • http://www.robynhoodblack.com Robyn Hood Black

    And we’re off, Laura – Congrats on a great poem! And, really? You can just effortlessly toss in words like “deleterious” that Ed didn’t even make you use?

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    Ed already scolded me for that!

  • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

    She’s not the only one who threw an unassigned “deleterious” into her poem this round …

  • http://www.NoWaterRiver.com Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    Seriously, “deleterious” is a 16-seeder in this same round! Fun poems from both of you, well matched, leaving me with nothing to do but come back later! :)

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    Really?! I can’t wait to see who the other guilty party is. It’s because you picked such delicious words for this round, Ed. We can’t resist.

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    Robyn, I love the environmental message (subtly suggested) in your poem.

  • http://www.robynhoodblack.com Robyn Hood Black

    Thanks, Laura! And now I have to go search for the other deleterious-es… how fun! My “you” in that first comment meant you personally, Laura, because your writing is so smart and smooth! Then I saw it was also a 16-word seed in this round, and then Ed mentioned it again! The Muses are up to something….

  • http://www.katyaczaja.com/ Katya

    Oh no. I couldn’t possibly chose between these two poems… I’m afraid I’m going to have to cede voting power to my two boys for this matchup…

  • http://www.pennyklostermann.com Penny Klostermann

    Excellent! I love them both…voting in next to impossible, but I did it! I read through all of round 2 and I noticed the extra deleteriouses! Unbelievable :-)

  • Heidi

    Fascinating, again, that both are conversations between child and parent, and being a sucker for titles, I give you both high scores on those as well as your poems. All this reading and considering and voting is deleterious to my tightly scheduled weeks!

  • http://www.MattForrest.com Matt Forrest Esenwine

    Another tough one – well done, both of you! Hopefully adding ‘deleterious’ is not deleterious to the poet adding it!

  • Bill

    Laura used my word! If I would have known, I could have just used her poem to defeat the evil Sam.

  • http://www.buffysilverman.com Buffy Silverman

    Love the bargain…so kid-like. And Robyn, your calf and mama are wonderful!

  • http://www.animalhero.com Dave Crawley

    Clever last lines in both. Good luck!

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    Bill — You, Sam and I should form a league of poets who use the word deleterious. Good luck to both of you!

  • http://www.AprilWayland.comalsowww.TeachingAuthors.com April Halprin Wayland

    I know. Wouldn’t that be considered self-torture?
    Actually, beautiful self-torture, if you must know…

  • Carrie Finison

    The League of Deleterious Poets…I like.

  • http://www.robynhoodblack.com Robyn Hood Black

    Thanks, Matt, Buffy, and Dave!

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    Funny poems, clever endings! This is just too much fun!

  • http://www.quinettecook.com Quinette Cook

    Choosing between these two poems is a coin toss, that’s how close it is for me. I voted yesterday and checked who I voted for – today it would have been the other poet. So how ’bout that?! Good luck to both of you!

  • http://www.robynhoodblack.com Robyn Hood Black

    Thanks, Quinette – I’ve felt that way about many of these matchups!

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    Thanks, Quinette. I admire how well Robyn wove a note of caution into her poem.

  • http://sevenacresky.wordpress.com Damon Dean

    Difficult choice…loved the image of peas on zombie sneeze.
    Momma dolphin and her calf were sweet.

  • http://www.robynhoodblack.com Robyn Hood Black

    Pretty sure it’s safe to offer congratulations, Laura, on your way to Sweet 16! [Note to self after this round, and Bill’s “deleterious” poem in this round, too – maybe avoid poems about marine life with an environmental bent…. ;0) ]

    Well done, and wishing you all the best next round. Go get ‘em!

  • http://www.authoramok.com Laura Shovan

    Thanks, Robyn. As I mentioned, while the zombie sneeze is funny right now, I think your poem has staying power. I hope it finds a second life beyond the competition. You are a gracious competitor, my friend!