#MMPoetry 2015: Round 2 Words Unveiled

A huge thank you to all 64 of our authletes for an entertaining first round, and congrats to our 32 authletes who have moved on to Round Two, which starts … NOW! Authletes, here are your Round Two words! They are listed in the order that your names appear on the official bracket.

HUMOR REGION

16-antediluvian (Karen G. Jordan)
vs.
9-entrails (Darren Sardelli)

5-plainclothes (Lill Pluta)
vs.
4-sandwiched (Buffy Silverman)

6-privy (Kelly Ramsdell Fineman)
vs.
14-residual (Janie Marie Lazo)

7-smattering (Kristen Foote)
vs.
15-paraphernalia (Debra Shumaker)

EMPATHY REGION

1-useless (Kathryn D. Harrison)
vs.
8-coordination (Michelle Heidenrich Barnes)

12-machinations (Tricia Stohr-Hunt)
vs.
13-behooving (Randi Sonenshine)

6-carafe (Suzy Levinson)
vs.
3-renegade (RJ Clarken)

10-conjoined (Lori Degman)
vs.
15-haptic (Cynthia Cotten)

LOGIC REGION

1-option (Maureen Lynas)
vs.
8-deadbeat (Rebekah Hoeft)

12-funereal (Angie Karcher)
vs.
4-borderline (Carol Samuelson-Woodson)

11-earmarked (Renée M. LaTulippe)
vs.
3-trampled (Donna JT Smith)

10-tourniquet (Colleen Owen Murphy)
vs.
2-plaster (Ryan Stockton)

PASSION REGION

1-popped (Beth Rayner)
vs.
9-rendezvous (Tiffany Strelitz Haber)

5-asphalt (Suz Blackaby)
vs.
13-draconian (Jackie Hosking)

11-anomaly (J. J. Close)
vs.
3-chits (Helen Kemp Zax)

10-nascent (Robert Schechter)
vs.
15-bailiwick (Carissa Mina)

Poems are due by 8:00am Central Daylight Time on Sunday, March 15th.

Remember, authletes: the poem length limit for Round Two is still just eight (8) lines! Please read the full Authlete Instructions page for comprehensive instructions, poem requirements, and other words of wisdom. Post your questions here, there, or anywhere. I’ll find ‘em.

The authlete in each matchup who wins 2 out of 3 of the Public Vote, the Authlete Vote, and the Classroom Vote will move on to this year’s Sweet Sixteen!

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  • Ryan

    Here we go!!!

  • http://www.debrashumaker.com/ Debra Shumaker

    Oh boy. Paraphernalia. Gulp!

    • Jackie

      I’m from Australia :-)

      • http://www.debrashumaker.com/ Debra Shumaker

        I’ve tried Australia. Just not getting anywhere with it. :-)

        • Jackie

          I’m all out of ideas then – I’ll be really interested to see what you came up with.

  • rjschechter

    Having to write a poem with the word “nascent”
    Does not leave me feeling complacent.

  • lillpluta

    Hoo-boy. I would trade with just about anybody except Robert. :) My condolences. :)

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

      I didn’t think that nascent was THAT hard. I try to research the words pretty thoroughly before I assign them. Maybe I missed something?

      • lillpluta

        No. I was initially struck with word envy, that’s all. I’m dealing. :)

  • http://closejj.wix.com/meretricktheworm Josh Close

    This might actually be the first word that I’ve ever received that I didn’t cringe at a little. I may end up with far too many poems in my collection that contain the word “anomaly” after this!

  • Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

    I was wishing I’d gotten paraphernalia or antediluvian – I’d have done a double dactyl for sure!

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

      That’s why I felt comfortable assigning those otherwise REALLY tough words. They both have a certain bounce to them that lends itself well to verse. I said the same thing about Dave Crawley’s “sesquipedalian” (which was NOT assigned by me) in 2013 …

  • http://phillipvanwagoner.com Phillip Van Wagoner

    Great words! I’m especially curious to see what Lori comes up with for “conjoined”. Could be pretty gross…

    • Lori Degman

      I’m a twin, so of course that was the first thing I thought of! But, I like to make my poems funny and I don’t want to get a laugh off of that, so I’ve gone a different route. I hope it pays off!

      • http://phillipvanwagoner.com Phillip Van Wagoner

        What are the odds? I’m sure you have something great ready to go. Good luck!

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

    I will say I’m pretty happy with the words so far this year. Believe it or not, the most stressful part of the event for me — even moreso than authlete and classroom recruitment in some ways — is assigning the words. I took much more care in curating a list of words throughout the year so I had many more at my disposal this year during crunchtime, but still it’s very stressful to make the final choices. Hitting the “publish” button is genuinely terrifying, because the second I do 64 (or 32 or 16 or whatever) people start scrambling to write poems based on those words, and there’s no going back!

  • Lori Degman

    I want to wish all the authletes the best of luck! Some of these words are SO hard, like my opponent’s “haptic”! Good luck, Cynthia!!

  • Rebekah Hoeft

    I just wrote the words, “It turns out I’m a deadbeat.” I think it’s safe to assume I should start over tomorrow morning.

  • Jackie

    Best of luck everyone. I quite like my word. I know what it means at least :-)

  • RJ Clarken

    Best of luck to everyone! And btw…’haptic’ is a great word – if you’re writing about cataract surgery. :D

  • Carol Samuelson-Woodson

    Borderline Personality Disorder? A bit dark. Borderline insane? Actually wrote a couple lines of that one. Major breakthrough: a “borderline” that wasn’t a total downer. Relief to stop picking at it and turn it over to Ed last night; I’m a borderline-obsessive-compulsive reviser.

  • rjschechter

    “Remember, authletes: the poem length limit for Round Two is still just eight (8) lines!” Is that just a suggested limit, or is it mandatory?