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Deborah Guzzi writes full time. Her third book, The Hurricane is available through Prolific Press. Her poetry appears in Allegro, Artificium, Shooter, & The Foxglove Journal in the UK, Subterranean Blue, Existere, The Ekphrastic Review, Scarlet Leaf Review & Subterranean Blue Poetry, Canada - Tincture, Australia - mgv2>publishing, France Cha: Asian Review, China - Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Australia - The Scarlet Leaf Review - Greece, Ribbons, pioneertown, Sounding Review, Bacopa Literary Review, The Aurorean, Liquid Imagination, The Tishman Review, Page & Spine & others in the USA. 


Blog Posted:1/17/2011 9:58:00 AM

Everyone who entered this contest has worked VERY HARD! A year ago having a contest with strict meter would have got me BOO'ed off the site. I wanted to do this contest because Limerick is a short form BUT it requires you to learn meter to do it properly. And, since we were already doing something SO hard why not have some fun by being a bit naughty while we did it?

Guys and Gal's Limericks are meant to be off color, we are all trying to stay within SOUP WORD GUIDLINES but the not VULGAR guidline is a MUCH vaguer area.


One man's PALM is a tree in Florida and anothers is the end of an arm?
One man's balls are used for bowling etc.

  Palmed Quackers ;)


I will finish judging tonight so last chance to POLISH your Limerick for this contest I will review all of them tonight one last time!

I believe and I am not the athority on METER (Andie is ;) she's been helping me for years!) most if not all of us have been writting in and learning ANAPEST METER [da da DUM] for the poems in this contest. Now that we have that under our belts [so to speak] any interest in trying to write limericks in AMPHILBRACHI METER [da DUM da]?

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Date: 1/18/2011 8:20:00 AM
It is nice sharing first place with two such fine poets. Congrats to Andrea and Deirdre. Charles
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Date: 1/18/2011 5:49:00 AM
Limerick Contest JUDGED! Hold onto your hats!
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Date: 1/17/2011 7:09:00 PM
I had a GOOD teacher Andie!!!
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Date: 1/17/2011 6:50:00 PM
By the way, Deb. I recall a long time ago, your telling me that you could not "hear" imabic pentameter and other kinds of meter. BAloney, lady. You are doing JUST FINE these days.hahaha. LUv, Andrea
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Date: 1/17/2011 6:47:00 PM
I loved what Joe said down at the bottom. I have re-examined my poetry a few times when told it was not being interpreted as I expected and I admire people who are willing to listen to advice, particularly in regards to how something "sounds" to others. I've met a few at Soup who seem to take offense if I point something out to them. But others are very agreeable and that makes it so nice, to have this kind of interaction with others, of learning from each other. LUv, Andrea
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Date: 1/17/2011 2:21:00 PM
Since I am from the South and we speak differently, I looked up every word to see which ones had accents and where that is on the first one that I wrote..I also found that if one used a short meter one can have extra at the end so some authority said that was correct...Sara
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Date: 1/17/2011 1:39:00 PM
Thank You Constance a tastefully tart limerick you wrote too!
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Date: 1/17/2011 1:35:00 PM
I love the picture~~
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Date: 1/17/2011 12:07:00 PM
Gotta say I doubt anyone tried harder than you if there ever was an I give YOU the award for the "trying hardest poet!" in the end I did get some doosies!
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Date: 1/17/2011 12:06:00 PM
You know what else GOT me, I can MAKE anything sound anyway I want LOL, doesn't mean I'm not forcing it, AND I think what Carolyn & Joe and in the past ME are speaking of is the word Charlie used "inflection?" ALSO BIG BIG point here [Andie teached me this point!] You can't just go even by the dictionarys noted STRESS because the words are affected? effected?? by the words around them LOL
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Date: 1/17/2011 12:06:00 PM
One heck of a contest Debbie and many great entries so good luck my friend and TEACH as u asked for the best from the best and hopefully u got it ...pupil...
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Date: 1/17/2011 11:38:00 AM
"Chattanooga" would present the same problems as "Tallahassee." Where do you put the strongest emphasis? I put it on the "noo," but others may stress the "Chat." Just regional pronunciation differences. I try to remember that when judging rhymes as well. People who were not born in the US are given some leeway in their pronunciations.
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Date: 1/17/2011 11:35:00 AM
I concur with Joe that the meter in which we read our own work often differs from the meter in which someone else reads it. When I first joined public broadcasting in Tallahasssee, someone called the station complaining that I put more stress on the "has" than the "Tal" in the word Tallahassee. My boss told me to keep pronouncing it just the way I had been. She was born in Rhode Island and I in New Jersey. She had the same emphasis on the syllables that I had. I think this is why it's difficult for people to write in a prescribed meter, but it's always fun to try. As for the adult content in the limericks for your contest, I have read many and didn't see any I thought were offensive. Love, Carolyn
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Date: 1/17/2011 10:43:00 AM
The meter in our head is not always the meter that is read. But, since we can't be there explaining to everyone how to read our poetry, it is important to have people tell us how it is being read. Some of us, the individual typing this comment included (i.e.: me), need to get over our pride of authorship and listen to what the reader is telling us. For those who like to hide behind, "Well, I write only for me", I must ask, "Then why post it here?" Just my two cents worth. Thanks for helping me learn, Deb, as slow as I may be to do so. Joe
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Date: 1/17/2011 10:10:00 AM
Debbie makes an evil cackling laugh and rubs her palms togther!
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