Wow, this was difficult, I reluctantly narrowed it down to 14 winners. I was looking for a creative twist.
First place walked away with both creativity and fine quatrain form about a typing cockroach. Many things happen each time I read this, not the least of which is the amazing creativity, but also the humor, actually envisioning the event :D ;D but then my head gets sore and I have to stop – loved it.
Second place “Anais Nin” was also wonderfully creative with a mixture of metaphor, mixed with historical information, wrapped in a short story that leaves you wanting chapter two, not only because of the double entendre but its genius as well. The additional information also gives we “part time scribes” an appreciation for the stress of having to produce each day for a paycheck.
I chose three for third for three totally different reasons. One “Then and Now” explores the subject from different perceptions of senses and personal inspirations and grows from write it, type it, hear it, feel it, do it. The second “QWERTY keys” explores the subject like in a dream and also wonderfully weaving in the senses with images that flow and mix the realities of coffee stains and glances for inspiration. The other poem I chose for third (Btw I didn’t have to play the music ,”God Bless the Child”, since most of the standards are firmly locked in my mental repertoire—Love Diana Ross’s cover in “Lady Sings the Blues”) was more centered in reality or like the introduction of a book (hint) or the narrative during a movie trailer or a wonderful reduction of a great short story that begs to be written, but in its singular perfection can and does leave us with rewarding contemplation.
The four fourth place poems creatively tell their own stories, three of them eliciting memories in three different forms – free verse, rhyme, and sonnet, each in a different yet creatively thoughtful way. The other in fourth place poem, which I had a difficult time with at first but, I think, walks on that, as the poem says “Thin ridge” of metaphor. My favorite line of creative genius was the 4th stanza “A woodpecker bores deep into a collage, an origami of conversations”—think of a collection of conversations folded together—special writing.
Fifth place, “The quick brown fox” I love the mixing of memories, the competitive inclusion, the hint of boredom and the funny plays on the fox theme.
Sixth place had four poems with four different forms, I enjoyed all in such a separate way. The most lengthy summed up all the poems that were solely about typewriters – omg this covers the old typewriters from stem to stern, what a comprehensive write and I would have loved to talk to your Dad about the experiences in Cairo.
Thanks so much to all who entered.