#MMPoetry 2013: The Final Four (Round 5) Words Unveiled

Congratulations to The Final Four! Revisit the Scoreboard and Bracket to see how they got here.

Here are the matchups and word assignments for The Final Four (Round 5). Winners from this round will advance to The Finals.

Authletes: Your poems are due at 8am Central Friday, 3/29. There is no line limit for these poems.

*lachrymose (Renée M. LaTulippe)
*canoodle (Cheryl Lawton Malone)

*portmanteau (M. M. Socks)
*sesquipedalian (Dave Crawley)

Individual matchup pages will be posted after the poems have been received.

For anyone wondering just how THESE four words got chosen, to lessen the blow of not winning, the other 60 authletes were awarded a consolation prize of sorts. Specifically, they got to become part of the process to select the words that now serve as prompts for The Final Four and ultimately The Finals.

We did this last year and it was a lot of fun. Here’s how the process works:

  • The Round 1 non-winners (32 authletes): Submit one word that you think would make for a great poetry prompt for the Final Four or Finals. Note that the four semifinalists’ original seeds will be ignored for the last two rounds. Any word is fair game at that point.
  • The Round 2 non-winners (16 authletes): Add to the pile. Submit two words that you think would make for a great poetry prompt for the Final Four or Finals. Together with the Round 1 non-winners, that’s 64 words in the bank.
  • The Round 3 non-winners (8 authletes): Narrow down the list to the words that you think would make for the best (most challenging? most fun? most unusual?) prompts. From the list provided, rank your top 5 words in order of preference, and the aggregate Top 12 words will be presented to …
  • The Round 4 non-winners (4 authletes): You get to choose the word that will be assigned to the person that beat you to reach The Final Four.
  • The Round 5 non-winners (2 authletes): Sweet justice. Like the person before you, you get to choose the word that will be assigned to the person that beat you to reach The Finals.
  • The Finals non-winner (1 authlete): Oops! It looks like we’re all out of prizes.

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  • Carrie Finison

    I’m hoping Renee is not lachrymose over her word. Ba-dum-bum. (Sorry, just had to be first at that joke.)

    Good luck to the authletes! This is a tough batch of words. I can’t wait to see what they do.

  • Janet F.

    Tough??? Sort of almost, maybe, a little impossible, but then I say note to self….”oh ye of little faith”…..Portmanteau in a poem for kids, I cannot wait. Now sesquipedalian will also be interesting since I had to look that one up. Canoodle could be a hoot and we may need to send tissues to Italy if Renee gets too into her word!! Throughout the tournament so many words have portended impossibility yet the “authletes” manage to dunk them with ease. Looking forward to the poems from this round, though it brings us closer to the finals and it will be sad to see the contest end. Congratulations to all the authletes and their hard work!

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

    Carrie, I agree…

    These really tough words would just move me to tears.
    I would have to caress my anxiety and fears.
    I would try to pack worry and panic away,
    but in syllabic frenzy I’d write circles all day.

    Good luck M.M., Renee’, Dave, and Cheryl!

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

    Good Luck, Fearsome Four! (Now, where did I put my dictionary?…)

  • http://deborahholtwilliams.blogspot.com Deborah Holt Williams

    Sesquipedalian?? Seriously?? They’re all tough, but that one’s a killer. Good luck to all!

  • Janet F.

    Oh, yes and thanks to Ed for all the hardwork involved in putting this together, keeping it going and adding new twists this year!!! Bravo to all!

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

    Sesquipedalian??? Thanks a lot, Sam!

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

    Sesquipedalian??? Thanks a lot, Sam…

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

    But I repeat myself…

  • http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com Catherine Johnson

    They are really tough words, good luck everyone. I think portmanteau is my favorite.

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

    Just as a reminder, Samuel only selected the word from a very short list of tough words. That goes for the other three, too.

    Another authlete first suggested each of these words, and at least one other authlete then ranked them as one of their favorites!

  • http://www.allanwolf.com Allan Wolf

    I LOVE how the defeated po-folk get to dictate the words of the victors. Just imagine if ALL contests were run that way. Playground disputes and global conflicts would cease to exist!

  • http://canofbookworms.com Nessa Morris

    Whoa. I am so glad I didn’t make it to this round. I never would have been able to write a good poem with these, except maybe canoodle. Good luck, everyone.

  • http://www.allanwolf.com Allan Wolf

    I also LOVE how each of these words is essentially a one-word poem. Each has a sense of mystery. Each has its own meter, rhythm, and music. And in each case the word’s form represents its content. The sound is the sense.

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

    This method of word assignment is a variant of the rule that my siblings and I use when we play board game games, which is “WINNER CLEANS!” It’s a good way to keep everyone grounded.

  • http://www.lindaboyden.com Linda Boyden

    Portmanteau would be a hoot. But sesquipedalian? That’s the one I can’t wait to read!! First I’ll look it up though. Good luck, poets!

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

    I kinda like sesquipedalian. It has a nice bounce to it. I predict dactyls. Lots and lots of dactyls …

  • http://www.allanwolf.com Allan Wolf

    That was my idea too, Ed! Specifically, I was thinking Double Dactyl with a bit of the higgledy-piggledy. What a wondrous bunch of geeks we are!

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

    I do believe these are a fine set of words and I’m glad to have had a hand in their selection. Insert evil laugh. My favorite is sesquipedalian, but I doubt it will stump the unstoppable Mr. Crawley. Good luck “authletes!” I can’t wait to read your poems.

  • http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2012/11/poetry-friday-songwriting-with-mary.html Laura Shovan

    At least we know that Ed is not hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic. (Note: I am not suggesting that this word would make good poetry fodder.)