Madness Poetry competition is back, and I’ll try once again to best the best. I’ve had a series of one-off experiences as an “authlete.” (One against Jane Yolen!) My first poem has been submitted and will be published tomorrow for voting. One big change this year is that both my opponent, Gabi Snyder, and I have to use the same word — overkill — in our poems. I love this because the students, other authletes, and the general public will get more of an apples to apples judging experience.
Please follow along and vote, vote, vote!
Edited to add: Here’s the permalink to my match up with Gabi.
In my last post, I promoted the call for poets on the completely redesigned and fabulous Madness Poetry website. Well…I was accepted as an “authlete” and received my first word, “reciprocal,” last night at 8pm with a thirty-six hour deadline. Twenty-four hours later I’ve submitted a poem. Nothing like a deadline to get the creative juices flowing!
Now it’s your turn. Check out the Authlete Brackets to see how the competition is progressing, the Authlete Matchups to see the word assignments, and the Calendar of Events to see when poems will be posted, then start voting for you favorite poetry. And faithful blog readers, I humbly ask for your votes.
If you are a teacher, there’s a special place for you and your classroom to sign up, vote, and be counted.
best, funniest, most technically sound, fearless poets will survive.