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Sapphic Contest Judged

Blog Posted:2/13/2019 9:43:00 AM

I thought in the beginning this would be easy to judge because of the difficulty of the form - I was wrong. There were many talented writes that made it difficult to choose between. Most everyone that got the meter correct is recognized in a placement except for those who may have gotten it correct but their poem neglected either grammar or didn't make sense. Also that jux or Haiku-like "ah ha" which was either clever and/or entertaining. I gave extra weight to those who avoided overuse of gerunds and adverbs. I'd like to especially recognize the top 5 writes for accomplishing some very special poems, while also praising every one of the winners. Gregory Barden's poem "Yesterday's Shadows" is exceptional in that it not only hit on the meter but did so without overusing gerunds and adverbs as a crutch to acomplish it, but more importantly while weaving artistic expression most can't accomplish without the parameters of this form. The only unfortunate is that even those who write poetry can not appreciate how difficult it is to do what even the Greeks said was a serious challenge. As I clearly stated in a previous blog, the poem "Blissful Ignorance"  by Nina Parmenter was masterful as well; I love how it goes from dark to the "Meanwhile - we party". The Baron did similarly well with his "Do Wah diddy diddy" and his final lines were equally entertaining. P.S. Auty's "Church Dinners" had me smiling all the way through and applauding as well. Rob Carmack was the most clever with his excellent write leading to what may have been the best "Ah ha" at the end. Thanks to all.  I will post all the winners now.

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Date: 2/15/2019 3:12:00 AM
Ooh I just read every single one of the winners and I’m not just blowing smoke, they were all beauties. Utter treat to read. Thanks for taking us through it all so patiently Craig! Gorgeous results!
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craig cornish
Date: 2/16/2019 3:15:00 PM
As the English Canadians say "You're a Hoot"!
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Nina Parmenter
Date: 2/15/2019 7:43:00 AM
Ha, I did hide under the sofa for a couple of days when you did that, so I’m glad it worked!! ;-)
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craig cornish
Date: 2/15/2019 7:37:00 AM
I truly think everyone got fired up because of your write and the true challenge that no one could do better! Thanks for your great inspiration.
Date: 2/13/2019 4:17:00 PM
Thank you for this contest and for introducing me to this form. I appreciate your metered contests and that you are attentive to the details concerning them. Congrats to all winners.
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craig cornish
Date: 2/13/2019 7:54:00 PM
No, thank you Rob for your efforts and fine poetry
Date: 2/13/2019 3:13:00 PM
Thank you so much for this great placement - I hope Manfred Mann kept you cheery while pondering this hard task - Take Care - Congrats to all winners and participants this was a challenge
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craig cornish
Date: 2/13/2019 3:49:00 PM
Yup, some high school fun - you're welcome your excellency!
Date: 2/13/2019 3:09:00 PM
thanks so much for my win. I had forgotten it was four lines and originally only did three. so then I quickly added a line and realized later that the meter was off. I ended up studying a description about the meter online and that was SUPER confusing. I read Greg's and Nina's and LOVED them. gotta see rob's and PS's (if I haven't already)!! congrats, all winners.
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Date: 2/13/2019 3:55:00 PM
You did great and I love how so many worked together to proof read especially you. Way too often we'll read a poem and not hesitate to help with something specific about the contest and that even includes free verse when it is related to grammar. As you alluded to someone, too often we "hear" what we want instead of what should be and can not see it on our own.

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