#MMPoetry 2015: Round 4 Words Unveiled

High fives all around to our “Sweet Sixteen” authletes for putting on quite a show for us in Round Three, and congrats to our “Elite Eight” authletes, who move on to Round Four, which starts … NOW! Authletes, here are your Round Four words! They are listed in the order that your names appear on the official bracket. The winner of each of these matchups wins their respective “regional” bracket and will join the 2015 “Final Four”.


4-paunch (Buffy Silverman)
14-philanthropic (Janie Marie Lazo)


13-pedagogues (Randi Sonenshine)
3-finesse (RJ Clarken)


8-torments (Rebekah Hoeft)
11-idealized (Renée M. LaTulippe)


9-erasures (Tiffany Strelitz Haber)
15-disquietude (Carissa Mina)

Poems are due by 8:00am Central Daylight Time on Monday, March 23rd.

Authletes: the poem length limit for Round Four is still sixteen (16) lines! Once again, the line limit will be strictly enforced. All lines count toward the sixteen line limit (other than completely blank lines). Poems that go beyond the line limit or that do not use the assigned word correctly will not be posted; you will need to edit and re-submit to meet these requirements.

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 Final Four!

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

    Some of you may look at the list above and think it is a bunch of “downer” words, and you may be right, as seven* of the eight words above came from Charles Baudelaire’s “Paris Spleen”. You know, just for fun.

    *Possibly all eight, but if so, the last one wasn’t on purpose. Care to guess which?

    • Rebekah Hoeft


    • Rebekah Hoeft

      Or maybe philanthropic?

  • Randi

    And I thought denouement was tough! ;)

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

      I was unsure how to seed pedagogues. On one hand it is a strange word, on the other hand it’s definition pretty readily lends itself to a topic familiar to kids. I went with the algorithm in this case, which told me to seed it a 13. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

      • Randi Sonenshine

        It’s coming along nicely. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Colleen Murphy

    Best of luck to all of you!

  • Amy Moore

    I’m really looking forward to the next round!