Week 9: Duel Task ~ Results

Beth, Dustin, and Dana were joined by guest judge Denise Duhamel for Week 9: Duel Task. Click here to revisit pop culture portion of the assignment, and click here to revisit the revision portion of the assignment.

THE FINAL THREE:
EMILY VAN DUYNE
W.F. ROBY
KATHI MORRISON-TAYLOR

Beth Gylys said it best when she said, “I want to be clear, my top choice and bottom choice are not separated by miles, but rather by degrees of degrees.” I hope each of you take Beth’s words to heart.

Emily, you’ve earned a spot in the final two. Congratulations!

W.F. and Kathi, both of you are talented poets. Both of you have been active in the poetry scene before this contest, and I know you’ll continue after.

I’m sorry, W.F., you are on permanent caesura.

Kathi, congratulations!

Week 8: Villanelle Results

Beth, Dustin, and Dana were joined by guest judge Maureen Seaton for Week 8: Villanelle. Click here to revisit the Week 8 poems.

W.F. ROBY
KRISTEN MCHENRY
KATHI MORRISON-TAYLOR

The weekly judges & guest judge Maureen Seaton all agreed that there is a clear winner for Week 8: Villanelle. Congratulations, W.F.

While the decision for the winner was easy, Kristen and Kathi, the decision for the bottom two was not easy. In fact, the decision for the bottom two was quite difficult, and the decision as to who goes on permanent caesura was extremely difficult.

Kristen and Kathi, the weekly judges feel that for most of the competition the two of you have been neck and neck. Both of you have had your ups and downs– we’ve thought you’ve been great at times; we’ve questioned what you were doing at times. We see it all coming down to the week 8 assignment.

Kristen, you revised your poem correcting the AAB rhyme scheme error to the proper ABA rhyme scheme of the villanelle. However, the judges feel your original poem was stronger than the revision.

Kathi, the judges won’t deny that you made great choices with your revisions; however, you didn’t address the issue of slant rhyme.

Who stays? Who goes on permanent caesura? The poet who took the chance to revise and took two steps back, or the poet who wrote a good poem in spite of the rules….

Kristen, you are on permanent caesura.

Week 7: Results

Beth, Dustin, and Dana were joined by guest judge Sandra Beasley for Week 7: Pantoum. Click here to revisit the Week 7 poems.

Before we get to the reason you are reading this post, you need to read a statement from guest judge Sandra Beasley:

“When I agreed to be a guest judge, the identities of the Project Verse competitors was not determined. It has turned out that I know one of the finalists. Therefore, out of respect for Project Verse’s ethical code I recuse myself from voting. But I spent a lot of time with the poems, and Dustin is being kind enough to share my comments; I hope they are helpful. My deepest appreciation goes out to all the contestants and the judges. Good luck!”

Now, here we go:
MICAH LING
KRISTEN MCHENRY
W.F. ROBY
EMILY VAN DUYNE

KRISTEN, last week you were in the bottom two, and you are in the top two this week. EMILY, you are joining KRISTEN, and you get to call yourself the winner of Week 7. Congrats, EMILY!

MICAH and W.F., the judges realize this week’s assignment was hard; however, they felt you didn’t utilize your poetic talents and rise to the occasion. MICAH, the judges were hoping to have another strong poem like you wrote for week 6. W.F., this is a competition and someone has to leave, but it isn’t you this week. MICAH, you are on permanent caesura.

W.F., the week 8 assignment will involve repetition; don’t fall prey to the same mistakes with your week 8 poem.

Week 6: Results

Beth, Dustin, and Dana were joined by guest judge C. Dale Young for Week 6: Epigraph. Click here to revisit the Week 6 poems.

KRISTEN MCHENRY
EMILY VAN DUYNE
EMARI DIGIORGIO

The easy part of Week 6 was selecting the winner. Congrats, EMILY!

KRISTEN and EMARI , you both made the bottom two this week. One of you received four out of four votes; the other contestant received three out of four votes.

I suppose the decision of who should go on permanent caesura seems simple, well, that is if you go strictly by the numbers; however, it is not a simple decision. The decision was so difficult that the weekly judges had a phone conversation in addition to their usual email correspondence.

KRISTEN, you received the four votes; EMARI , you received three votes.

EMARI , you were in the top for Week 2: Firsts, but you haven’t won a weekly competition. You were in the bottom for the Curveball, so this marks your second time being in the bottom. KRISTEN, this is your first time in the bottom two. In fact, you have won three challenges: Week 3: Simile Vs. Metaphor, the Curveball assignment, and tied for the top spot for Week 5: The Between.

EMARI , when the judges compared your collected work from the competition with KRISTEN’s collected work, well, they didn’t feel your collected work was as strong as KRISTEN’s. Therefore, you are on permanent caesura.

KRISTEN, you have survived elimination because the judges believe your collected work thus far shows great promise. Next week, give us the same caliber of work we’ve seen each week up until Week 5.

Week 5: The Between Results

Beth, Dustin, and Dana were joined by guest judge Dara Wier for Week 5: The Between. Click here to revisit the Week 5 poems.

MICAH LING
KRISTEN MCHENRY
W.F. ROBY
KATHI MORRISON-TAYLOR

KATHI and KRISTEN, you both received a total of three votes from the judges; therefore, the two of you tie for the winning poem of Week 5: The Between.

MICAH and W.F., you are at the bottom this week. One of you received a vote from each of the weekly judges but not the guest judge. The other received a total of two votes. Which was which? Well, it doesn’t matter. I suggest both of you write furiously for Week 6. No one is going permanent caesura due to the early dismissal of Martin Ott.

Project Verse ~ Week 4: Shore Tags & Curveball Results

The judges have deliberated on the poems from Week 4: Shore Tags and Project Verse’s Curveball.

Beth, Dustin, and Dana were joined by guest judge Collin Kelley for Week 4: Shore Tags. Click here to revisit the Shore Tags poems.

For the Project Verse Curveball, the weekly judges were joined by guest judges Emma Bolden and Dollymania‘s Duane Gordon. Click here to revisit the Curveball poems.


MICAH LING
KRISTEN MCHENRY
EMILY VAN DUYNE
EMARI DIGIORGIO
KATHI MORRISON-TAYLOR
NIINA POLLARI
MARTIN OTT

Kristen and Emily, one of your poems received four out of four votes as the top poem for Week 4: Shore Tags, and the other received three out of four votes. It was close. On the other end, Niina and Martin, your poems tied for the weakest poem of Week 4: Shore Tags.

Emari, Micah, and Martin, your poems tied for the weakest poem of the Project Verse Curveball. Kristen and Kathi, one of your poems received four out of five votes as the top poem for the Curveball assignment, and the other received three out of five votes.

Emily, your Week 4: Shore Tags poem is going to be published in Dana Guthrie Martin’s Shore Tags Project. Congratulations!

Kristen, your Project Verse Curveball poem is going find its way in the 50 poems paying tribute to Dolly Parton project by Emma Bolden and me. Congratulations!

Niina, you submitted your Week 4: Shore Tags poem after the 10am deadline; therefore, you are on permanent caesura!

Week 3: Results

Beth, Dustin, Dana, and Matthew Hittinger have deliberated; click here to revisit the poems and read their comments below each poem. The judges have selected the poets who wrote the two strongest and weakest poems for Week 3: Simile Vs. Metaphor:

EMILY VAN DUYNE
NABINA DAS
KRISTEN MCHENRY
NIINA POLLARI

KRISTEN and NIINA were voted the strongest for Week 3; however, only one poet can be the weekly winner. NIINA, there is always next week. Congratulations, KRISTEN!

EMILY and NABINA, both of you receive a vote from each judge to place you in the bottom two. This marks the second time that both you have made the bottom two.

NABINA, the judges had a problem with your use of metaphor. They weren’t buying what you were selling this week.

EMILY, the judges didn’t complain about your use of metaphor; however, they felt your work this week was sloppy. Two out of the four had issues with the addressee of your elegy.

EMILY, your previous work has been stronger. We want to see the strong work return next week.

NABINA, you are on permanent caesura!

Week 2: Results

Beth, Dustin, Dana, and Andrew Demcak have deliberated; click here to revisit the poems and read their comments below each poem. The judges have selected the poets who wrote the two strongest and weakest poems for Week 2: Firsts:
JENNIFER C. WERNERW.F. ROBY
EMARI DIGIORGIO
EMILY VAN DUYNE

W.F. and EMARI were voted the strongest for Week 2: Firsts. One of you received 3 out of 4 votes from the judges.
Congratulations, W.F.!

JENNIFER, you’re at the bottom because the judges feel your poem didn’t stand out enough. EMILY, you’re at the bottom because the judges feel you didn’t follow the assignment.

JENNIFER, you are on permanent caesura!

EMILY, while the judges felt slighted by your approach to the assignment, there is no denying that you wrote a good poem.

Project Verse ~ Week 1: Results

Beth, Dustin, and Dana have deliberated; click here to revisit the poems and read their comments below each poem. The judges have selected the poets who wrote the two strongest and weakest poems for Week 1: Workshop 1101:
EMILY VAN DUYNE
MARTIN OTT
NABINA DAS
KATHI MORRISON-TAYLOR

Emily Van Duyne and Kathi Morrison-Taylor were voted the strongest for Week 1: Workshop 1101; however, one of the two received a vote from each judge. Congratulations, Kathi, you are the judges’ favorite for Week 1! ! !

Martin Ott and Nabina Das. Who goes on permanent caesura? Well, Nabina, not you. Martin, not you either. We believe you can bring it next week, so do just that!