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Typewriter Contest Finalized


Blog Posted:5/20/2013 9:33:00 AM

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.

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  1. Date: 5/22/2013 4:49:00 PM
    Thanks so very much, Craig! I enjoyed the trips your contest took me on... so inspiring... as for why I write my winner's blog, well, its for many reasons... I like to let the poet know that I saw the work put in, the attention to detail.. it is also a way to see what I love and why I love it. I learn FROM the poets who enter my contest and I share that with others, its a win-win situation, pardon the pun ;-) Every contest here that inspires is good... I have a blog stewing on the backburner about the contests and judges and how every single one offers something worthwhile... hugs.. must fly!

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 5:32:00 PM
    wow... I can't wait to follow all winners... congrats~ Linda

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 2:27:00 PM
    gosh, I sure enjoy the way you summed up the winners. I ought to do more like this when I judge a contest. It's very lovely. I read so many great poems in your contest, even ones I did not see on your list which I had liked a lot. It was a very inspiring contest. Congrats to the winners.

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    rogers Avatar james rogers Date: 5/20/2013 2:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Andrea, but this was inspired by what Cyndi does so I (we) have to credit her except she even kicks it up a notch. It's amazing the amount of time it must take her to finalize a contest.
  1. Date: 5/20/2013 1:50:00 PM
    Thanks very much Craig! What a great idea and theme for a contest.....and wow, some stunning poetry by my fellow poets......I was blown away! Congratulations to all !!

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 1:20:00 PM
    This idea of explaining it this way is totally inspired by what Cyndi does with her contests, extra work but everyone that enters a contest does much more extra work than that and it is, after all, special to read the products of the seed. Now creativity I think all would agree is the primary goal of every contest but to expound on Reason's "What Criteria" question--that changes with each host with differing tastes and expectations about what that creative result should be. Debbie usually likes you to push the envelope, some prefer a simpler approach, I'm somewhere in the middle but also I think the entries can surprise and actually change your "criteria" or expectations for the rest.

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 11:38:00 AM
    Congrats to all!!!

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 11:31:00 AM
    Thank you for the encouragement, craig... as you may know, i'm the world's worst typist, and this challenge reminds me how i try darn hard to put my thoughts by punching those keys... cheers to all who entered..:) huggs

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 11:27:00 AM
    Craig it was a pleasure joining your contest, it was much fun, and thank you for honoring my poem in your contest, love peace xxx

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 10:38:00 AM
    Thanks, Craig! It's great to see a blog of the judged results, much more concise this way.

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 10:14:00 AM
    Thanks so much Craig I really enjoyed the topic I actually have an etching I made somewhere of that Underwriter! Congrad's ALL L & L

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 10:02:00 AM
    Thanks a lot, friend. I feel honored bc it is not often that I expect this sort of abstract writing to get placed. But I enjoy this type of writing. You have done a fantastic job analysing the poems and all of them deserve the places they got. Congrats to all the winners!! Jag

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 9:55:00 AM
    My heartfelt congratulations to all! love much, Leonora

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