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William Haskins
04-17-2006, 05:56 PM
The contest is now open.

You can find information on entering, voting and prizes here:

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32095

kdnxdr
04-17-2006, 07:22 PM
Thank you, William! I want to encourage all to participate. The contests are fun and even though I have not fared well, they are a great way to interact with the community. Hope to see a huge turnout!

Godfather
04-17-2006, 08:09 PM
i thought mothers day was over...

William Haskins
04-17-2006, 08:15 PM
yes, but they have it again every year.

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
04-17-2006, 08:16 PM
its already happen in England, it was a few weeks back I believe.
i'll still be looking to throw my hat/mother into the ring

great idea William Haskins

Stew21
04-17-2006, 10:19 PM
will previously written work be considered or only new material specific for the competition?

William Haskins
04-17-2006, 10:25 PM
previous work is fine.

Bret
04-18-2006, 03:17 AM
"Poems may be a tribute/ode to your own mother, a poem written from a mother's point of view, or a poem about motherhood in general. "

Suppose mom was less than exemplary. Just suppose.

An ode would be out of place, a tribute wouldn't seem right either. Is this strictly a sunny memory event or can those with dark and bitter mental scrap books enter?

Disclaimer: My mom was exemplary, but I know some folks who were lucky to survive the "mothering" they rec'd. Perhaps some in this forum have less than fond recollections as well. I'm curious on their behalf.

William Haskins
04-18-2006, 03:45 AM
i have no problem with anyone taking a darker route. to what extent it would invite votes, i have no idea.

but there's no rule that it has to be a glowing tribute to either one's mother or motherhood, in general.

trumancoyote
04-19-2006, 08:51 AM
My other name is Adrienne Rich, you know :)

rhymegirl
04-19-2006, 04:38 PM
So one could write a Mommie Dearest kinda poem?

Whew! Good thing my mom wasn't like that.

Sarita
04-20-2006, 03:06 PM
William, you're very cool for doing this. Let me know if you need help with the votes or rounding up prizes.

NeuroFizz
04-20-2006, 05:42 PM
Yes, thank you for all you do for us here, willliam.

My tome is ready for the contest. When and where do I submit?

veinglory
04-20-2006, 08:27 PM
Me too!

...and that mother's day being totally different dates in different countries really messes me up. I miss it every time--but on the upside my Mom sometimes gets unexpected gifts ;)

William Haskins
04-20-2006, 08:40 PM
working on the final details and will post soon.

trumancoyote
04-20-2006, 09:20 PM
Hurry up, already.
Sheesh.

William Haskins
04-21-2006, 07:25 AM
The contest is now open.

You can find information on entering, voting and prizes here:

http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31569

Godfather
04-21-2006, 11:58 AM
its already happen in England, it was a few weeks back I believe.
i'll still be looking to throw my hat/mother into the ring

great idea William Haskins


and if it happened in england, it must happen in ireland.

Susie
04-23-2006, 02:17 AM
Thanks much, William for a great Mother's Day contest, etc. I entered.

PS Can we vote for our own poems? I probably have to since no one voted for my other poem in your super contest. lol.

William Haskins
04-23-2006, 07:48 PM
great to see all the entries.

and, yes, you may vote for your own.

Cassie88
04-23-2006, 08:53 PM
Just want to say..... I am completely blown away by the poems posted. To read these words about mothers,these exquisite tributes, well, ... I'm at a loss here, can't really express how deeply emotionally satisfying they are... as difficult it is to remember. Hats off to all the poets who have posted so far! Hot Damn!

P.H.Delarran
04-23-2006, 09:00 PM
i'm not going to read any of them until i've finished my own..but Cassie now you have me worried ;), i may just chicken out.

Stew21
04-25-2006, 05:11 AM
I'm not sure that, in good conscience, I can even vote for myself since there are already two posted that I like better than my own! Great work, poets!

NeuroFizz
04-25-2006, 05:34 PM
I'm not sure that, in good conscience, I can even vote for myself since there are already two posted that I like better than my own! Great work, poets!
I can't vote for myself, in good conscience, because I don't think I can find my arse with both hands when it comes to poetry. Besides, it's a strange thing to do, vote for oneself, that is.

William Haskins
04-26-2006, 06:14 PM
thanks to the 12 poets who've submitted so far. great work.

11 days left to enter.

Paint
04-26-2006, 06:17 PM
My poem was difficult to write and heartfelt. The poems are wonderful, and I think I will have a hard time deciding.

Paint

Cassie88
04-27-2006, 12:47 AM
Will, initially, the rules said, 50 lines or less. Has this changed?

William Haskins
04-27-2006, 01:59 AM
there is no constraint on length.

Cassie88
04-27-2006, 02:05 AM
uh, oh.

William Haskins
04-27-2006, 02:14 AM
i'm twisting my brain to remember, but i don't think i ever specified a line limit for this contest. for the previous ones, i did.

am i mis-remembering?

Stew21
04-27-2006, 03:43 AM
I read 50 lines or less.

William Haskins
04-27-2006, 03:46 AM
goddammit.

well, at the risk of feeling like a jerk for having inhibiting anyone's desire to have written a longer work, i've got to make a call, and i'm going to err on the side of no line limits.

my apologies to anyone whose work may have been adversely affected by my lapse.

KTC
04-27-2006, 02:26 PM
Oops. I didn't even see a length. Bad me.

Isn't it nice that William is being fair, nice and understanding! It's so typical of him! (-;

dahmnait
04-28-2006, 01:21 AM
goddammit.

well, at the risk of feeling like a jerk for having inhibiting anyone's desire to have written a longer work, i've got to make a call, and i'm going to err on the side of no line limits.

my apologies to anyone whose work may have been adversely affected by my lapse.Don't they have until the deadline to change anything?

I am just glad that I didn't post mine earlier. I didn't see the line limit either.

William Haskins
04-28-2006, 01:23 AM
yes, entrants may edit, change, rewrite and alter to their hearts' content until the the night of may 6th.

Cassie88
04-28-2006, 01:55 AM
I just read an old article in the NY Times Magazine about the playwright, Richard Greenberg.

From the article -

Back upstairs, he served chicken stew, a recipe of his mother's. I told Clarkson, (a friend visiting Greenberg that day) that when I asked about his mother, Richard made strange noises. "Well," he interjected, "it's like saying, 'Explain to me Russia from 1917 to the present.' It's an enormous question."

I think I made strange noises when I read about this contest. It's an enormous assignment! I have the beginnings of seven poems, all false starts. And because of the nature of the poem that will be my entry, I have to pretend there is a line limit, for everyone involved. aghhhhhh

dahmnait
04-28-2006, 04:12 AM
I guess you should be glad then that William didn't limit us to, say, oh 10 lines. :tongue I would never have been able to do it.

William Haskins
04-28-2006, 04:18 AM
dahmnait,

thanks for putting the contest link in your sig. that's very sweet of you.

-william

rhymegirl
04-28-2006, 04:21 AM
Oh so we can change our entry to a completely different poem?

Any special reason why it's not anonymous this time???

William Haskins
04-28-2006, 04:22 AM
you may do whatever you like until i lock the thread at midnight may 6, yes.

JenniferDZ
04-28-2006, 07:10 AM
I can't get to the contest. The links aren't working.


Jennifer

William Haskins
04-28-2006, 05:45 PM
hmmm...


please try here:

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32095

let me know if you're still having any problems.

dahmnait
04-29-2006, 02:56 AM
22 entries and counting. This is great. I can't wait to see the final count. The more the merrier.



dahmnait,

thanks for putting the contest link in your sig. that's very sweet of you.

-williamMy pleasure.

William Haskins
04-30-2006, 06:09 AM
what a great turnout so far (and still a week to go)!

great to see poems from the regulars and from a lot of new faces as well.

thanks for participating, everyone.

Susie
04-30-2006, 06:59 AM
William, I put a link on my sig. to your super contest also.

SpookyWriter
04-30-2006, 07:36 AM
William,

I didn't (won't) enter my poem, but wish much success to this venture. Good luck everyone!

warau
05-01-2006, 02:58 AM
I'm still deciding about entering a poem, but I wrote one so thanks for the encouragement to do that much! I would never have written a poem like this without the "pressure" of a contest.
The peoms already submitted are great! I love the variety.

Cassie88
05-01-2006, 07:15 AM
These poems are killing me. I hate crying before bed. oh, man.

Pat~
05-01-2006, 06:30 PM
It's great to see so many new posters! Hope they hang around.

ybnads@xtra.co.nz
05-04-2006, 02:42 PM
will someone please explain (slowly) how to enter this poetry comp. What is a thread?

KTC
05-04-2006, 02:45 PM
go to the Writing Poetry forum and see the POST ENTRIES HERE! MOTHERS DAY POETRY CONTEST thread. open it and click on reply...type your entry into the box and click on the Post Reply button.

KTC
05-04-2006, 02:46 PM
Try this:

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32095

KTC
05-04-2006, 02:52 PM
Simon...this is not where you enter the contest. You're still in the discussion thread?

P.H.Delarran
05-06-2006, 09:52 AM
quick question William..the voting is for one day only?


TO VOTE:

- At 12:01 AM (CDT) Sunday May 7th, voting will commence.

- To vote, send me a PM (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/private.php?do=newpm&u=76) with the word "VOTE" and the poet's name ONLY.

- Voting will end at 11:50 PM (CDT)

voting ends on the same day, Sunday the 7th, correct? just want to make sure i come in that day.

William Haskins
05-06-2006, 07:46 PM
good catch. i've edited the rules page to complete that statement.

TO VOTE:

- At 12:01 AM (CDT) Sunday May 7th, voting will commence.

- To vote, send me a PM (private.php?do=newpm&u=76) with the word "VOTE" and the poet's name ONLY.

- Voting will end at 11:50 PM (CDT) May 13, 2006

you'll have one week to vote.

P.H.Delarran
05-06-2006, 08:35 PM
oh good, thanks.

Nicholas S.H.J.M Woodhouse
05-07-2006, 02:22 PM
ahoy all,

just wanted to say this was a great idea and i really enjoy all of these poems!

mkcbunny
05-08-2006, 12:28 AM
Thanks to everyone for contributing. I've narrowed it down somewhat but have to let them all gel and come back in a couple of days for another pass before voting.

P.H.Delarran
05-08-2006, 12:38 AM
yeah, what mkcbunny said.
well done everyone.

JennaGlatzer
05-08-2006, 03:50 AM
Hot damn. Okay, I have it narrowed to two, but every time I try to choose between them, my voter goes on strike. Neat work, folks. You made me think new thoughts.

poetinahat
05-08-2006, 04:06 AM
True, true, Jenna. It's good that voting is such agony. I'm impressed at how many different takes there are on Mother's Day.

This is the sort of thing that makes me wish we could give votes for, say, first through fifth places. I despair at not being able to cast a vote for some of these pearls.

Thanks, William, for another sterling idea. It also looks like you've hit upon an excellent De-Lurking Device.

JennaGlatzer
05-08-2006, 04:40 AM
Right. The problem is similar to the trouble I have when someone asks, "What's your favorite band?" Totally depends on my mood. I usually respond with "Indigo Girls and Counting Crows," because those are the two I return to most often, but sometimes the Beatles are my favorite, and sometimes the Dead Milkmen, and sometimes Rickie Lee Jones, and... they all speak to me in different ways on different days. I went ahead and voted based on my gut feeling right now, or I could just keep going back and forth loving each one more based on what speaks to me at that moment.

I'm glad it didn't happen this time, but I often have a hard time deciding between humor and serious pieces, and it almost seems an unfair comparison. Most often, humor (in all fields-- movies, books, etc.) gets passed over for awards in favor of the exquisitely tragic, which is usually thought of as better proof of a writer's craft... but isn't.

VOTE_BOT
05-08-2006, 06:47 PM
Amen.

Stew21
05-08-2006, 07:06 PM
I didn't think this was going to be so hard to place a vote! So much good work here! I'd feel like a total schmuck not voting though, so I'm going to have to do it! I need a "method" - will have to come back later to cast a vote.
Excellent work all and I had no idea there would be so many contributors!

Shwebb
05-08-2006, 07:17 PM
I already voted. It really was hard to choose just one! It would be really cool to be able to vote by ranking, but that would be a headache to calculate.

VOTE_BOT
05-09-2006, 01:40 AM
Kick (the baby) for votes.

rhymegirl
05-09-2006, 01:43 AM
Wow, this is gonna be hard! I'm torn between 4 of them. Some very good pieces here. But it is great that so many people entered.

KTC
05-09-2006, 01:46 AM
I'm wondering if I should vote? I have 3 that I am in love with...but I have one in it too. Although, mine shouldn't really count, as I wrote it on-the-spot. If I can choose a favourite between the three, I will vote. I'm going to print them off and let them stew for a day or so. (-;

Stew21
05-09-2006, 01:58 AM
I'm wondering if I should vote? I have 3 that I am in love with...but I have one in it too. Although, mine shouldn't really count, as I wrote it on-the-spot. If I can choose a favourite between the three, I will vote. I'm going to print them off and let them stew for a day or so. (-;

I also have one entered, but love 3 others....damn!!! I think the printing of the faves is the way to go...I'll let them "stew" as well...great method! thanks!

mkcbunny
05-09-2006, 09:32 AM
I've narrowed it down to three. But five [five!] others still call to me, as well. That's seven too many to vote. Damn you, fine poets. Damn you all to hell.

VOTE_BOT
05-09-2006, 05:48 PM
5 Days Left to Vote!

KTC
05-09-2006, 08:15 PM
I have cast my vote, you egg-headed demonfreak!

KTC
05-09-2006, 08:15 PM
Sorry...I mean, you lovely creature you.

Stew21
05-09-2006, 08:23 PM
I voted too! All done now, all we have to do is wait!

Cassie88
05-09-2006, 08:48 PM
I've printed out the five I've narrowed it down to for me. Now, all I have to do is eliminate one per day. Oh, yeah, sure. Yes, agony, that's the right word.

VOTE_BOT
05-10-2006, 01:42 AM
Kick the baby!

VOTE_BOT
05-10-2006, 06:11 PM
Kick for votes.

mkcbunny
05-10-2006, 08:55 PM
That baby's gonna be sore by the time this contest is over.

Stew21
05-10-2006, 11:47 PM
Just curious, how are the votes coming William? is VoteBot bringing them in? Lots of votes? Still too few? Any close runnings?

Trish - nosy and impatient

William Haskins
05-10-2006, 11:49 PM
we currently have 33 votes and they are spread across a wide number of entries.

Good Word
05-11-2006, 12:03 AM
William, I've tried to see the poems, and vote, but the links were broken.

William Haskins
05-11-2006, 12:22 AM
try now. i have to split and merge the thread a couple of times, and it screws the link. should work now.

poetinahat
05-11-2006, 10:24 AM
we currently have 33 votes and they are spread across a wide number of entries.

Number of entries: 42
Number of votes: 33

Who said poets were vain?

KTC
05-11-2006, 02:36 PM
What are you suggesting, Rob? And, I have a question for you which is totally unrelated to this thread. Just curious. How shriveled are your feet? They've been in that water for months! And just what the heck are you looking at that's so fascinating?

MacAllister
05-11-2006, 02:55 PM
I still haven't voted--I've read them all three times, now, and narrowed it down to my top three...but that's where I get stuck. *sigh*

I'll vote before the deadline, though.

poetinahat
05-11-2006, 05:02 PM
What are you suggesting, Rob? And, I have a question for you which is totally unrelated to this thread. Just curious. How shriveled are your feet? They've been in that water for months! And just what the heck are you looking at that's so fascinating?
Kevin, Kevin, Kevin.

Point 1: What I mean is we're, what, four days into voting, and at least nine entrants haven't run to vote for themselves.

Point 2: Are you trying to distract from my poetic mystique? These artistic poses don't just arrange themselves, you know. (By the way, have I mentioned the Charlie Sheen resemblance before? You, I mean. Not me.)

Stew21
05-11-2006, 05:05 PM
Kevin, Kevin, Kevin.

Point 1: What I mean is we're, what, four days into voting, and at least nine entrants haven't run to vote for themselves.



I voted, but not for myself...someone else's was better by far.

dahmnait
05-11-2006, 05:05 PM
Point 1: What I mean is we're, what, four days into voting, and at least nine entrants haven't run to vote for themselves.I am one of those. I am still debating. Procrastination is my forte. :)

Sarita
05-11-2006, 06:45 PM
Ok. I've read them all twice and I'm narrowed down to 5. Yes, 5. Now what? Time for that handy-dandy dart board...

aruna
05-11-2006, 07:51 PM
I voted but made a mistake - sorry WH but I named the poet in the body of the PM instead of subject line. If you want to disqualify me do so and I'll vote again, properly.
It was hard, I had several favourites, but one spoke to me in particular and finally the choice was clear.

And thanks for running this great contest!

Melisande
05-11-2006, 07:57 PM
I have made my choice, hard as it was, and I have cast my vote.

VOTE_BOT
05-11-2006, 09:42 PM
You all make me very happy.

rhymegirl
05-11-2006, 10:23 PM
You all make me very happy.


When Vote_Bot is happy, everybody is happy. :)

Oops, how does Vote_Bot feel about smilies?

VOTE_BOT
05-11-2006, 10:24 PM
Best invention ever!

KTC
05-11-2006, 10:26 PM
Now I KNOW you're not William!

Sarita
05-11-2006, 11:54 PM
Voted. Can I get a kiss from the Bot?

VOTE_BOT
05-11-2006, 11:56 PM
Pucker up, sugar!

D.J.
05-12-2006, 12:01 AM
I voted and on the first pass narrowed it down to 12 or 38...how many were there again? I then got it down to seven, then five...two and then I voted! Anyway, you know what I mean about it being hard to vote.
Thanks again William and a special thanks to vot bot for all of your encouragement to vote. You work very hard!
Good luck to everyone who entered. I enjoyed them all!

Cassie88
05-12-2006, 12:14 AM
Now I KNOW you're not William!

I don't know, KTC. VOTE BOT may live in the "smile of every child," but he also lives "in the darkest shadows of the human heart."

"smile" .. nice touch, Will.

Pat~
05-12-2006, 12:18 AM
These were some really wonderful poems...I really wish there was a way we could vote for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices. Sigh.

JenniferDZ
05-12-2006, 12:37 AM
OK, I really deserve a kiss from vote bot. I logged on while I was away in Georgia just to vote in this contest! It was rough to get to a computer too! There were some really great poems...and I wasn't even close to voting for my own.

Jennifer DZ

VOTE_BOT
05-12-2006, 12:45 AM
Consider your dewy lips smooched.

JenniferDZ
05-12-2006, 12:57 AM
{swoon}

KTC
05-12-2006, 01:02 AM
It's gettin' hot in here.

William Haskins
05-12-2006, 01:03 AM
you kids are silly.

rhymegirl
05-12-2006, 03:05 AM
Consider your dewy lips smooched.

Two-timer!! How'dya like your egg body scrambled?

mkcbunny
05-12-2006, 03:55 AM
OK, I voted. It came down to a choice between two: the one I'd been leaning toward since the first read-through, and another that just wouldn't let go. After much back-and-forth, as well as a serious attempt at using a six-part scoring system [yes, really], I ended up voting for the one that was my first-round pick.

I wish I could have voted for both. I felt like I was picking between a perfect apple and an imperfect fig. Which one's "better"? I wound up going for the perfect apple, but I still enjoy imperfect figs.

poetinahat
05-12-2006, 04:16 AM
Two-timer!! How'dya like your egg body scrambled?
So it IS Ray after all....

P.H.Delarran
05-12-2006, 04:33 AM
i'm completely stumped. i wish there were two categories, traditional and other.

KTC
05-12-2006, 05:29 AM
Two-timer!! How'dya like your egg body scrambled?

two-timer? I thought eggman loved everyone?

rhymegirl
05-12-2006, 06:44 AM
So it IS Ray after all....

No, Vote_Bot isn't Ray. Or Ray isn't Vote_Bot.

poetinahat
05-12-2006, 06:53 AM
I was kidding - perhaps a smilie would have made that clearer, but I'm cutting back on smilies.

rhymegirl
05-12-2006, 07:04 AM
I was kidding - perhaps a smilie would have made that clearer, but I'm cutting back on smilies.

Oh, okay. I know what you mean. Smilies do help. That's right, we know Vote-Bot isn't Ray. Vote_Bot is Kevin. :) :D :D :D

mkcbunny
05-12-2006, 11:41 AM
i'm completely stumped. i wish there were two categories, traditional and other.
When the vote is over, I intend to elaborate a bit more on the apple and fig. Coupla figs, actually, as well as a few strawberries.

KTC
05-12-2006, 02:09 PM
Oh, okay. I know what you mean. Smilies do help. That's right, we know Vote-Bot isn't Ray. Vote_Bot is Kevin. :) :D :D :D

Well, we all know that just is not true. I just could not be bothered to do something like that, man. Vote-Bot is a do-gooder vote gettin' whore. Too much work for me. (-;

William Haskins
05-12-2006, 05:50 PM
we have quite a race going on between 4 poets. this should turn out to be very interesting.

Stew21
05-12-2006, 05:53 PM
we have quite a race going on between 4 poets. this should turn out to be very interesting.


how exciting!

As Willy Wonka would say, "The suspense is terrible, I hope it'll last."

William Haskins
05-12-2006, 06:21 PM
we just hit the 50 vote mark, so i wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who's participated and once again invite those who haven't yet to vote.

my goal was to get a voter turnout of 100. hopefully we can get close to that.

Cassie88
05-12-2006, 08:09 PM
These were some really wonderful poems...I really wish there was a way we could vote for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices. Sigh.


.....and 4th!

Cassie88
05-13-2006, 07:55 AM
[QUOTE=mkcbunn After much back-and-forth, as well as a serious attempt at using a six-part scoring system [/QUOTE]

Would you share it?

mkcbunny
05-13-2006, 10:19 AM
Would you share it?
Sure, though I'm not advocating this as a solution to indecision. I ended up pretty much in the same place I was before dissecting the poems, but after the scoring, I understood why I responded to each one the way I did.

I rated each poem like so:
Impact = earns 1-5 points [How affecting was the poem?]
Content = earns 1-5 points [What's it saying, how much, how deep?]
Aim/Technical Difficulty = 1-5 points
Re-read factor = 1-2 points [Did I want to read it again and again?]
Ending = 1 point** [See below]

Then I subtracted 1-2 points for flaws/errors. Not additional subtractions for multiple instances of the same problem, just a 1-pt deduction for a particular flaw that proved distracting or prevented the work from being as good as it could have been—like phrasing, punctuation, word use, spelling, etc.

**I awarded the "ending" point to most poems on my list. But sometimes I'll love a piece, and then it ends with something of a piffft. So the strong endings got the 1 point.

The results were pretty on-target with my instincts. Don't know if the system would work for everyone, but it made me ponder the details longer and recognize why I did or didn't linger on each piece.

mkcbunny
05-13-2006, 10:23 AM
If you're wondering ... yeah, my left brain and right brain co-exist in fairly equal balance. Lots of intuitive feeling my way around mixed with cold, hard logic and a love of numbers. I'm weird like that.

KTC
05-13-2006, 03:14 PM
I'm crazy for numbers, too. I am constantly doing numbers things that drive my wife absolutely batty. Almost as bad as rainman! But with poetry, I tend to leave out the numbers. I went with my heart. The poem I voted on chose me. Kind of like going to the breeders to pick a dog. The dog gravitates toward you and you really have nothing to do with the decision. One of the poems picked me.

aruna
05-13-2006, 04:21 PM
One of the poems picked me.

It was similar with me.

Paint
05-13-2006, 06:35 PM
I think this contest is a tough one, everyone wrote so from the heart. I love it!

VOTE_BOT
05-13-2006, 07:10 PM
Kick the baby!

dahmnait
05-13-2006, 10:32 PM
Procrastination time is over. I voted.

mkcbunny
05-13-2006, 11:29 PM
So exciting. I wonder how many votes we'll have in the end.

P.H.Delarran
05-13-2006, 11:30 PM
Procrastination time is over. I voted.
me too, last night. finally. no turning back. this was hard.

Stew21
05-14-2006, 06:08 PM
ooh! I wonder who won! http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif Can't wait to hear. So many good poems out there, its hard to see any clear winner, ya know?