Wow…fantastic poems. I wondered how it could get any better, but when I read the poems from the last eight contenders in this contest, they were the most awesome to date. I had a little LIFE get in the way, which delayed my attention until after voting closed, so I didn’t get to influence the outcome. Not sure my votes would have mattered, as the spread was a good handful for each contest. BUT the matches were close. For one match there were over 1,400 votes!
These are the winners and the FINAL FOUR for the next round:
Renee’ LaTulieppe, for a pantoum titled HAPPY, using the word manifestation
M.M. Socks, for a poem titled THE CELLO SUN, using the word replenished
Cheryl Lawton Malone, for a poem titled THE VOWEL RAP, using the word acknowledge
Dave Crawley, for a poem titled HEIR (NOT) APPARENT, using the word beneficiary
I could tell you more…but it’s much more fun to visit the site, check out the live scoreboard, and see which of these winners used vowel prowess, Humpty Dumpty’s reputation, tender amber, and a milkweed’s fluff to delight readers and arouse emotions among their fans.
Soon…very soon…Katie Davis will be offering her online video course entitled VIDEO IDIOT BOOTCAMP!
If you go to her site you can sign up for updates, and receive a discount off the price when it is ready to fly from the screen into our minds.
She’s been working on this project for a while…and I’m confident it will be an excellent resource for those of you who need to get an edge on video by computer production, for things like BOOK TRAILERS, YOU-TUBE channels, and overall marketing of your craft and expertise.
You can go to her store now to familiarize yourself with Katie and her wealth of knowledge on writing AND marketing your writing, and begin putting the change and loose bills aside to sign up for Video Idiot Bootcamp when it appears in May.
Meanwhile you will find all kinds of products that are
fantastic resources for your writing craft.
HEY. I didn’t make it thru the first round. Defeated by the honorable Josh J. Close…guess what?
The vote wasn’t even close. He made great use of his poem to emphasize his word.
Be looking to the future world of picture books to reveal a sneaky worm character named Meretrick.
MEANWHILE go to http://thinkkidthink.com to see all the wonderful Round Two entries from the survivng authletes.
I was honored to be selected for the March Madness Poetry 2013 Competition coordinated and sponsored by Ed Decaria, at his Think Kid Think website. TODAY, March 12th, the games begin. I am in the Logic Bracket (but the term doesn’t imply anything about the entries), and I get my seed word tonight between 8:00 and 9:00 pm. I am a number 2 seed (my word is rated ‘clear’) up against Josh J. Close, a 22-year old writer.
I am anxious. Maybe THAT might be my word…I have no idea. The Round 1 Flight 1 words were posted last night, and they are intimidating. We have 36 hours to write and post a poem, and then the voting begins.
I love contests like this, and this one will be fun. I hope you will take a look and log in to vote on your favorites. May the best verse(s) win!
If you’ve read other parts of my site, you know I love Walt Wojtanik’s and Marie Elena Good’s site Poetic Bloomings. Their open encouragement and hard work, and their love for verse and rhythm and word and wonder are responsible for much of the revival in my writing, particularly my poetry.
I was fortunate to have one of my poems from last year selected for a prompt they had provided, and it was published in an anthology, Poetic Bloomings, the First Year. You can buy it on Amazon or at Create Space.
Today Marie selected a poem that was the result of a prompt about ‘birds.’ With 52 poems and about 440 comments, it was a fun week of great poetic responses from the many writers that participate. I encourage you to read it.
Marie’s comment included the notion that she’d love to close her eyes and listen to my poem, so with that notion I have recorded my contribution, entitled “The Kingfisher.”
Listen to it HERE.