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Things to Consider in Making a Choice:
- How well the poem incorporates the authlete’s assigned word, given its level of difficulty.
- Whether or not the poem adheres to the poem requirements for the contest.
- Precision: structure, meter, rhyme, syntax, etc.
- Personality: creative imagery, language, metaphor, etc.
- Power: makes you laugh, cry, want, sigh, think, dream, wince, scream, etc.
- Plus One: it is a poem you feel drawn to share with another person for whatever reason.
Apply your own criteria as well! For more on the above concepts, check out POEMETRICS™.
Here are the poems:
9-litany what does it mean?
Principal Kron’s Unusual Morning
By Darren Sardelli
I woke up late. My shower broke.
I couldn’t find my keys.
My daughter filled my briefcase
with a pound of melted cheese.
I walked to work. I slipped in mud.
A sprinkler sprayed my pants.
A squirrel stole my wallet
and I tripped on poison plants.
The lenses on my glasses cracked.
A goose attacked my tie.
A spider bit my elbow
and a hornet stung my thigh.
This litany of problems
was announced by Mr. Kron,
who fainted when he realized
that his microphone was on!
4-vaunted what does it mean?
By Buffy Silverman
To Madam Owl, Resident of Rafter Four, The Barn on Raptor Lane:
To Mr. Mouse, Occupant of Second Hole Beyond the Sewer Drain: