ROUND ONE: 7-funk vs. 10-sanitize

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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:

So you think ewes can dance?
by _camer0n

All my sheep just love dancing to funk
Groovy flock happy bustin’ the moves
But after one track, they would stop and chew cud
Coz they can’t spin the records with hooves
So I gave them a jukebox loaded with funk
Its big buttons provided the answer
Then they lined up some tracks and got on down
To competing to be the best dancer


Flu (Ah-ah-ah-choo!) Season
by Kristy Dempsey
The flu is rampant. Don’t get sick.
Wash your hands and wash them quick.
Eliminate this plague of doom.
Eradicate it from your room!
Expunge the plague and ban the bugs.
Bleach the floor and clean the rugs!
Germs are bent on your demise.
Wash your hands and sanitize!



7-funk vs. 10-sanitize: Which Poem Did You Prefer?

  • 7-funk (_camer0n) (20%, 24 Votes)
  • 10-sanitize (Kristy Dempsey) (80%, 97 Votes)

Total Voters: 121

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  • Dom D

    My other favorite word matchup!

  • _camer0n

    Oh boy. Such great rhythm there, Kristy. I’m looking around the house, quite alarmed about the bugs now.

  • laurasalas

    Nice! Love the premise of cameron’s poem–it’s like Jersey SYTYCD. And Kristy’s is so precise–great meter. Thanks, ewes guys!

  • Stephen W Cahill

    Kristy the rhythm of your verse is world class! I kept tapping my toe along to the beat! Are your books on amazon uk?!

  • Kristy Dempsey

    Oh, cameron, your poem made me laugh out loud! So clever. I should like to be more witty. I’ve been jealous of all the witty poems I’ve been reading on here!

    Stephen, at the very least MINI RACER should be on amazon UK because there was a specific UK edition. But I’ve never checked on the others. I hope so!

  • Kristy Dempsey

    Ha! Just checked. They are all available there. However SURFER CHICK, my next book, is somehow listed as written by Jean-Luc Dempsey. I have no idea why! Must check on that. Or maybe I’ll just assume a new identity. :)

  • Carol Baldwin

    Both poems are clever, but Kristy– as a member of the Carolinas I hope you win!! Great work to both poets!

    • Kristy Dempsey

      Thanks, Carol!

  • Sarah Maury Swan

    Cute poems. I loved the image of the ewes dancin’ to funk. I’m sure they chewed their cuds in time to the beat. But Kristy’s gives a good message to kids and she is a fellow Carolina SCBWI member, so I’m voting for her. Good luck to you both. Sarah