What: A Poetry Contest In Two Parts
Who: For Poets and Storytellers Alike
When: February 20 – April 10, 2012
Why: For Amazon Gift Certificates and Assorted Swag. See the contest page for more information!
Judged By: Your fellow submitters and a panel of judges
Hosted By: Bullish Ink and the Dusty Journal
Max Submissions: Two poems from each category
Poetry is not as well understood as it should be in this day & age. It is an art that makes more poets than readers, and pushes “real writers” away from poetry quick as they like.
But poems grow with the world around them… and they come up between the cracks like the most stubborn ragweed.
Nearly everyone has seen a picture with a few lines of poetry attached to them; a sentimental image macro, or a poetic meme. A few of us have seen their photographic counterpart: a hand-written label stuck next to an incongruous object. A prose account of a stroll through a town or next to a river bed would be recognized as journal fodder, or a choice descriptive passage for a novel.
These are, as Susan Woolridge calls them, two poetic forms: Word Tickets and Poem Walks. In honor of two new poetic forms that scarcely would have been called poetry a hundred years ago, Bullish Ink and the Dusty Journal are proud to present a poetry contest.
Entering the Contest
1. Create a Word Ticket or a Poem Walk (or both if you like!). Read on to learn about word tickets & poem walks.
2. Post these poems in a single entry on your blog. You can enter up to up two from each category.
3. Enter your post URL into the contest linky-list (will be available beginning February 20th). The linky list code to add to your blog is provided below.
4. The contest closes on April 10th.
5. Your fellow entrants will vote to award the Jury Prizes. A panel of judges (your hosts) will also award Judges’ Prize.
A word ticket is a photograph of an object and a name tag; the poetry is half image, half linguistic ledgerdomain. “Trigger stones,” if you will.
Cut out words from a magazine, or choose random words from your favorite story (article, etc). Nouns & verbs work the best (concrete words!), but feel free to choose any word that strikes you. Choose one, or two, or three. Create a “word ticket” out of any material that you like (an index card, the back of a theater ticket, some delicate strapbooking paper, etc) and stick your words to the tag. Tags can be as ornate or simple as you like. Go around your house, neighborhood, work place, until you find an object that you feel pairs up with your word.
What strikes you?
What triggers you?
What object/word ticket combination speaks to you?
When you’ve found the object, attach your name card, snap a photograph, upload and voila–you have a word ticket.
A focused prose account of an experience in a familiar place of no more than 250 words; the poetry is in its incisive description
Take a walk through a familiar place. Do you normally go out with headphones and an iPod? A phone that you flick through carelessly? Keep all technology out of your hands, and just watch everything that there is to see. When you get home (or to a convenient resting place), jot down some notes about the experience.
What was new?
What was unexpected?
How did you feel about the place when you started–when you finished?
Did your feelings change towards the place?
The trick with any observation poem is to observe closely and write, but not to let observation or writing get in the way of the other! Craft a prose passage about the place, as though you were writing a description for a novel. Now pare it down to its essential bones. Make sure no word is wasted. Try to evoke the sense of you moving through a space and the emotions it brings up. Keep in mind a poem should have a beginning, middle & open end like flash-fiction, but the parts are an emotional arc. There! Now you have a poem walk.
Poetry is no longer the exclusive domain of people who can read meter; we encourage everyone to enter! The contest closes on April 10th.
Linky list blog code!
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