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Blog Posted:9/2/2019 3:53:00 PM
I picked more poems than usual to place and even then was torn with both those I jilted and the order of those I chose. There are so many eclectic levels and expressions of emotion and often I question my own self imposed rule about multiple placement versus singular, but I must stick to my guns on this. So, after 5 days of back and forth with all except for one, I hope to explain why I ordered them as I did. The clear choice for me in form and substance was Greg Barden's poem  "The Mortal Blight". His creative use of nearly perfect dactylic prosody coupled with a message that, like always, makes one feel like they are watching a movie trailer that leaves you wanting to see the whole movie. I tossed choice #2 many times from an N/A to where it is because it represents the form Blank Verse like few ever do. Dale's poem "I am not Brave" uses iambic tetrameter perfectly without allowing it to infect his artistic message and analogy of nature and life and lines like "I'm not the swan of human myth" are worthy of a painting. I do realize. btw, that he did exceed the approxinate by a couple lines which is why I almost N/A'd it but it was just way too excellent to do that. The worst poem (just kidding) "The Worst" by LuLoo is #3 more because of its poignancy than its meter, really hit me from the first read because its emotion screams to be heard. Lewis Raynes at #4 had an artful mix of mostly anapest and iamb to present his touching story of deepest love. At #5 Lonna Blodgett's "The Artful Confession" had some hiccups in meter but her mix and metphor of painting and love was irresistable. #6 Goeffrey Brewer's "It isn't Me" mostly in iambic pentameter, again with trips, but with the creative recollections of a self-effacing 80 year old. #7 Janice Thompson's "Something I Am Not", mostly in iambic pentameter was a poignant write about lost love, anger and mixed memories. #8 John Gondoff's "What I Am Not" is a wonderful "in your face" write about being fed up with being used, written in an iambic mix - (John is one of our more talented writers in metric forms). #9 Bryn Strudwick, "This is not Me" presented a perfect example of a parent trying to make decisions for a child/man and wrote a perfect quatorzane in iambic pentameter. #10 Sandra H, "Something I Am Not" wrote a clever poem about gossip  in perfect iambic pentameter. Andrea always writes in excellent meter, in this case iambic pentameter and honesty about friends. #12 Frederick Parker's "Most Relevant" well done iambic pentameter about overcoming doubt. The next two (both at #13) by Nina "Mist and Circumstance" and Sandra "The Clock Still Strikes" were my favorite poems poetically but were too far off on the meter to be truly in form. Let me say again though the substance was really great writing. (Not surprised since Sandy and Nina are very talented poets. Nina, if you are writing a novel you must find somewhere to include this because it is truly great poetic prose.
Rob Carmack #15 "His Grace" - I loved the substance of Rob's poem but couldn't feel the meter. I looked for originality with creativity, something new and unexpected, emotion, and in the case of Blank Verse some consistency of meter to carry the thoughts.Thanks to everyone who took the time to write.
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Date: 9/3/2019 8:33:00 PM
I see Keith has likened you to Simon, but you know for me, it's Billy Baroo forever! Thanks for hosting and for my placement. I like how you explain the rationale for your placements. One of the reasons making your contests one of the most worthy.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 9/4/2019 6:32:00 PM
Greg, what about Jake & Elwood? Bring me four fried chickens and a coke!
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rob carmack
Date: 9/4/2019 5:51:00 PM
I bet you had some great times. I miss those days, even though they weren't, they still feel 'Perfect'.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 9/4/2019 3:48:00 PM
Ha - I imagine so, Rob! I spent a number of years on the road in bands, (from Greenland to Reno), and every band I ever played in had TWO movies that took up the majority of "down" time - "This Is Spinal Tap" and "Caddy Shack" ... if you didn't know those two by heart, well, you just were NOT a true tour group, lol! ;o)
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rob carmack
Date: 9/4/2019 10:49:00 AM
I can't imagine what it would have been like without any of the key characters. I can imagine God maybe having this movie in his collection.
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 9/3/2019 11:28:00 PM
The innate comedic genius of Ted Knight ... what would the shack have been without it?? ;o)
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rob carmack
Date: 9/3/2019 8:58:00 PM
Correct Keith.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 9/3/2019 8:40:00 PM
Judge Smails?
Date: 9/3/2019 3:51:00 PM
Many sincere thanks for my wonderful placement, Craig, and the kind comments about my poem ... I have come to love Blank Verse, and consider it my favorite form, (though I haven't written very many - hope to remedy that). I wasn't sure how this one, hemmed with a bit of darkness, would fare, but I am pleasantly surprised by its placement, and so appreciative that you found it worthy. Thanks for this great challenge, as I can always count on learning some things in your contests, and that's why I'm here, personally ... if we stop learning and growing we might as well stop writing, as that's what keeps us young, and our work fresh and imaginative. Congratulations to all who placed. Blessings! :o)
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craig cornish
Date: 9/4/2019 3:24:00 PM
Well deserved Greg
Date: 9/3/2019 10:58:00 AM
thanks for a great challenge Craig, I will read the winning poems to see where I could have improved my effort:-) hugs jan xx
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craig cornish
Date: 9/3/2019 1:46:00 PM
Hi Jan - Love ya--gotta go look at yours, you always have something worthy to share - sorry that----Hey, I've got a fun one next, I think, give it a go
Date: 9/2/2019 11:16:00 PM
At last, a judge worthy of judging.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 9/3/2019 8:35:00 PM
Something else Ethel said was..."that son-of-a-bitch happens to be my husband".
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craig cornish
Date: 9/3/2019 1:44:00 PM
Way too kind Harry, but thank you, like Ethel said in "On Golden Pond" I'm just an old man trying to find his way---I know you can relate LOL!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 9/3/2019 7:48:00 AM
Yep, Craig is our Simon Cowell!
Date: 9/2/2019 9:55:00 PM
Congratulations to all the winners...I am looking forward to reading them all! and I love your wrap up Craig.
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craig cornish
Date: 9/3/2019 1:42:00 PM
Hi Jeanne, Please try to have fun in the next contest - should be interesting.
Date: 9/2/2019 8:20:00 PM
Thanks, Craig. Wish I could have come up with more clever lines than I did for this challenge.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/3/2019 3:37:00 PM
Only certain themes grab me, Craig. I mean, really grab me and then I can write really well. We shall see on your contest...
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craig cornish
Date: 9/3/2019 1:41:00 PM
Okay AD - dip your mind into the next contest - up shortly - get crankin' - walk that edge between sanity and reality - while having fun balancing on the precipice. You are gifted with so much others would love to have and you don't waste it, you live it and share it in your life and poetry.
Date: 9/2/2019 7:59:00 PM
Thank you Craig, meters and rhyme always trip me up....i struggle within forms, my muse seems to have its own pulse that feels lost in forms...i hope one day to get the hang of them...i am humbled by your words and the placement :) hugs
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craig cornish
Date: 9/3/2019 1:30:00 PM
Girl, love how you think - special stuff!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 9/2/2019 8:21:00 PM
you are a masterful writer, Sandy. I only wish I could do free verse the way you so consistently do.
Date: 9/2/2019 7:39:00 PM
thanks for the placement cwaig. oops, i never entered, teehee
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craig cornish
Date: 9/3/2019 1:29:00 PM
Tommy-gonna get a new one up--geterdone
Date: 9/2/2019 5:13:00 PM
Brilliant theme for the contest and awesome recap, Craig. Congratulations to those who placed.
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craig cornish
Date: 9/2/2019 5:45:00 PM
Thank you Mark!

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