#MMPoetry 2014: Round 1 Flight 1 Words Unveiled

Authletes, are you ready?!?!

Blabbity blobbity blah blah like anyone’s really gonna read a wordy intro to this post blip blop blup.

Here are your words! They are listed in the order that your names appear on the official bracket.

HUMOR REGION

1-spite (Gloson Teh)
vs.
16-milquetoast (Margo Lemieux)

8-consort (Robert Schechter)
vs.
9-killjoy (Damon Dean)

5-depending (Jean Daigneau)
vs.
12-situated (Nessa Morris)

4-whatever (David L. Harrison)
vs.
13-auxiliary (Bonnie Bailey)

EMPATHY REGION

6-dearth (Buffy Silverman)
vs.
11-appendage (Matt Forrest Esenwine)

3-avid (Kyle Hart)
vs.
14-concurrent (Vikram Madan)

7-snippet (Kathy Ellen Davis)
vs.
10-perpetual (Tiffany Strelitz Haber)

2-gripe (Jackie Wellington)
vs.
15-dilettante (Karyn Linnell)

LOGIC REGION

6-aplomb (Marileta Robinson)
vs.
11-epitome (Chris O’Carroll)

3-ruckus (Vanessa Hancock)
vs.
14-inconsequential (Allan Wolf)

7-juts (Stephen W. Cahill)
vs.
10-shindig (Kristen Foote)

2-blurted (Ann Magee)
vs.
15-emaciated (Rebecca Colby)

PASSION REGION

1-dent (Michele Norman)
vs.
16-protean (Lori Degman)

8-drudgery (Joe Mohr)
vs.
9-salvo (Bekah Hoeft)

5-slurred (Linda Baie)
vs.
12-rejuvenated (Heidi Mordhorst)

4-mistaken (Jim Hayes)
vs.
13-diabolical (Samuel W. Kent)

Poems are due by 9:00am Central Daylight Time on Wednesday, March 19th.

And remember, authletes: the poem length limit for Rounds 1 and 2 is just eight (8) lines! See the full Authlete Instructions for more information. Post your questions there.

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  • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

    Yay!!! Let the madness ensue!!!

  • http://www.glosonblog.com Gloson

    spitety spitey spite. got it. :D have fun, all the authletes! great job, ed!

    • Samuel Kent

      1 seed?! You lucky dog.

      • http://www.glosonblog.com Gloson

        Heheh. Your 13-seed word is diabolical, literally, isn’t it? :P

        • Samuel Kent

          It’s a challenge, for sure, but I think I’ve got some good poems in the works (and one that I’m probably better off abandoning for fear of the subject matter alienating some of the audience). Letting a couple rest before final edits. I’d like to write at least one more, and then I’ll make my final choice.

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

          “Diabolical” has a certain bounce to it, I think …

          • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

            Diabolical is an awesome word! Hey, is there anything in the rules about trading words with other Authletes? ;)

  • April Halprin Wayland

    I’m on the sidelines handing out orange slices and cups of water! Go, go, go–and g’luck to all!

  • Renee LaTulippe

    Wahoo! Good luck, first-rounders!!

  • Dave Crawley

    Butterlies entered my stomach region as I checked the list of words. Then I realized…I don’t have to turn them into poems this year. I’m watching, and cheering, from the sidelines. Go authletes, go!

  • Miranda Paul

    Nice words!

  • Samuel Kent

    I am already having so much fun with this. My friends and family all think that “diabolical” is a perfect word for me to have been assigned.. I’m not certain what they’re implying.

  • Samuel Kent

    Hey, Ed, I have an idea. I imagine that several Authletes are writing more than one poem before they submit. We should contribute to a bonus list of “other poems we almost submitted” when the voting rounds end.

    • Rebekah Hoeft

      I’m on number four. Not counting the two I’ve discarded/scribbled into nothingness. Matt Forest whipped one out in less than an hour. How do you people do this?!!! I think I’m going to go with: Salvo’s not red. Salvo’s not blue. Poems are hard. Salvo. The winner, right?!

      • Samuel Kent

        You really want to do it right, throw in “drudgery” too.

        Salvo, Salvo, mercy me
        bum da ditty poetry.
        writing, writing, look at me.
        Least I don’t have drudgery.

        • Rebekah Hoeft

          I had one with drudgery that I did not submit…may regret that! Perhaps I should have used yours….Ed never would have noticed!

      • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

        Wow…salvo…that’s tough. I think Authletes who got higher seeded words are going to be a bit more biased in the voting as they understand how miserable a difficult word can be.

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      I thought about posting them on my blog and asking readers to guess which one I chose. (But then I wouldn’t post the real one…bwa ha ha.) But then I realized I had used some pretty sneaky tricks in a few of them, and if I make it past the first round, I may need to keep those up my sleeve and use them in other poems.

    • Dave Crawley

      I did that with the final 2013 word: “bumbershoot.” I kept trying to make a Mary Poppins thing out of it, finally realizing it was awful. So, late that night, I scrapped it and tried again. The ill-fated Poppins Poem wound up where it belonged…in the circular file.

    • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

      I posted a link to my reject poems in the comments on the matchup between me and Jackie, Gripe vs Dilettante. Can’t wait to read the one your son liked, Samuel.

  • Ldegman

    Protean? Really? I don’t know what it means, let alone how to pronounce it! I think I need to broaden my vocabulary :-)

    • Samuel Kent

      You can totally do this!

      Something that can shapeshift or change its attributes is protean. Like an amoeba changes shape. Or the ocean, which is alternates from calm to choppy is protean. Or a teacher who could teach math, English and chemistry would be protean.

  • Damon Dean

    Ah! Great words all around. Can’t wait to see the results.
    One possibility surfaced in my musings today for my word…will post by midnight! Unless another develops to spoil that one.

  • Damon Dean

    Ah! Great words all around! Can’t wait to see what results come about.
    I have one that came about early this morning, and will post it by midnight. If another appears it may spoil the fun of having only one…
    ED: Do we use the email address(es) we received this post notice from to send our poem? Can’t seem to find the email instructions.

    • Damon Dean

      (Ahem…can you tell that I had my comments sorted backwards and thought I had not hit
      ‘enter’ on the comments below….above…whatever?!?!?)

      • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

        I did this once on earlier this month. :)

  • Debbie B. LaCroix

    I’m looking forward to reading the poems!

  • BJ Lee

    great words! Go authletes!

  • Matt Forrest

    Crud, why did I think the poets on the right side of the bracket would be getting their words tonight? I just saw my word now, and I have to write a poem before morning…argh!

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

      Ouch. Sorry, Matt. You know if you had an extra appendage you could write faster …

      • Matt Forrest

        Ha, possibly true…but I just sent you my poem, so that’s about as fast as I can write!

        • Dave Crawley

          That happened to me in one of the early rounds last year. The deadline had almost passed when I realized I had to received my word hours earlier. I took the one point (or maybe two point) deduction and finally sent something in…

  • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

    This was so much harder for me than I expected. I wound up writing 8 different poems. This is not usually how poetry goes for me. At first I thought dilettante sounded like a pretty cool word…now I know better.

  • Robert Schechter

    Where do we send our poems? Is there a special email address, and do we need to include anything in particular in the subject line?

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

      Same address you’ve been getting e-mails from me. (Please don’t post it here.)

  • Robert Schechter

    When will the first poems be posted?

  • Dave Crawley

    Protean? Hmm…isn’t that what you get from eating meat? No, wait…