i want to start this by giving a sincere thank you to everyone who entered this contest, or even considered entering. i received over 55 entries across all five prompts, and i never thought that this celebration of mine at reaching 100 followers (126, really) would be so well received. this contest lasted for four months-- that’s two more than i intended it for to-- and thank you to everyone for sticking around till now.
before i get into the winning entries, please don’t be disheartened if you didn’t win anything. there were a lot of entries for each prompt-- picking them was in a task in itself.
FIRST PLACE: the_enclave’s an incoherent set of words that might or might not mean a thing. the word count dracula sucks that’s a lot of big no no don’t say that you’ll get down to sesame street is a good guys are underrated movies deserve their boxes of tissues are really helpful nurses healing powder drugs. when i first read this piece, i knew this was going to win. it’s everything i wanted from the prompt. the trailing-off sentences, the punctuation and the repetition all make it seem like the writer is confused and doesn’t have a clear destination to reach by the end of his piece, which is exactly what a ramble is. it’s hilarious, and i love that i can’t make sense of it, even after reading it so many times. chase, i owe you five reviews on pieces of your choice, three likes/comments on pieces of my choice, and a month-long shout-out in my message from the writer box.
SECOND PLACE: melancholyviolet’s and and i’ll ramble because that’s all i have left as i write this the guy beside me in study hall is giving me dirty looks and i think i'm typing too loud. what i really like and appreciate about this piece is that it is very clear to make out that it was written with no clear outline in mind, and the fact that the writer included stuff that was happening in real time for them. it goes from lighthearted in the start to a bit deeper at the end, but the transition is quite smooth. congrats; i owe you three reviews on pieces of your choice, and two likes/comments on pieces of my choice.
THIRD PLACE: Christy Wisdom’s A Ramble of Everything, Nothing, and Whatever is In-Between is every shooting star actually just a flying asterisk? there’s something about the way this piece was written that draws you in from the get-go-- it intersperses serious contemplations and lighthearted wonderings in a way that speaks to you. it’s a very fun read, and contains various gems of sentences like ‘do you think that bluebirds know how to speak in poetry? do waves toss people around because they find it amusing?’. christy, i owe you two reviews on pieces of your choice, and one like/comment on a piece of my choice.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: pieces that were breathtaking but didn’t fit the prompt sufficiently enough in my opinion.
weirdo’s i’d say there’s no art in losing yourself but why else am i a poet? and blood makes me panic like cycles like spirals i wonder if the turtles broke that’s why our earth is shattering and she told me to eat the broken glass but i already despise stabbing migraines
Jasmine_K’s l&arc2.0 you laugh/ and it sounds like streetlights/ at 2am, which is to say/ hollow and useless/ because the moon is already bright enough.
poetri’s another artistic statement so again i shall bleed it is almost time for my ability and my imagination to meet. they shall clasp each other’s hands and walk across the finish line together. when prose and paint finally manage to collide i am nothing like the world has ever seen.
FIRST PLACE: Brielle P. Chor’s The Whole World Gets Wider more damning than a eureka, crafty hands of human nature after reading this wonderful piece, is it even possible for you to not have a special spot for scientific poems? honestly, i’m in love with every stanza-- how you’ve made such a (to me, at least) basic thing, so poetic. everything you refer to in the poem ties in quite nicely with what it is based on, and your descriptions were marvellous. congrats brielle, i owe you three reviews on pieces of your choice, two likes/comments on pieces of my choice, and a month-long shout-out in my message from the writer box.
prompt 3 FIRST PLACE: Chloe :) <3’s Disconnected The twilight blue met the grey clouds on the horizon, Being shrunk to the size of a few atoms, on a downward slope. while all the other poems were still connected to detachment in some or the other way, this was the only entry that actually made me feel it. the rhyming scheme works very well here, and i quite like how ‘dreams’ is left ambiguous. chloe, i owe you five reviews on pieces of your choice, three likes/comments on pieces of my choice, and a month-long shout-out in my message from the writer box.
SECOND PLACE: CrazyNinjaKid’s an athair echos repeating, over and over, mind whirling, intimate voices, violent nightmares, triggered painstakingly usually, using so many bisyllabic words with nothing separating them (like a conjunction or so) becomes a bit overwhelming, but in this case it adds to the overall feeling of what the poem is about. i also liked the way this flowed-- the sentences that ended abruptly and compact it looks. cnk, i owe you three reviews on pieces of your choice, and two likes/comments on pieces of my choice.
THIRD PLACE: mia_:)’s split in two i spiral outwards, see myself on the floor what i like most about this piece is its rhythm-- it’s amazingly fast-paced, and it’s like you’re moving from one task to another in rapid succession, leaving no time for a breather or a break in between. also, i’m not sure if this was intentional or not, but the poem is formatted like a vertical curve is pressing it against the margin-- it’s as though detachment is not static, but an ever-changing wave. mia, i owe you two reviews on pieces of your choice, and one like/comment on a piece of my choice.
FIRST PLACE: Wicked!’s a breathing blasphemy ...roses nestled in your brittle ribs and halos cradled in your glorious palms, with frescoes painted on your sinewy thighs and stars spinning around your nimble fingers... okay, first of all wow. this is a gorgeous, gorgeous piece. it somehow has a very victorian vibe, which i love, and the phrasing is exquisite. wicked! uses words common in poetic prose in ways i never would have thought of, and there were quite a few times i had to pause and just... soak up the beauty of this piece. if you’ve heard the song it is based on, you would agree with me in saying that doing justice to it would not be an easy task, but wicked! manages it well. congrats; i owe you five reviews on pieces of your choice, three likes/comments on pieces of my choice, and a month-long shout-out in my message from the writer box.
SECOND PLACE: anoushka1705’s Lament of the Lonely//The Ballad of Eleanor Rigby i sit in silence, in this dusty, ancient church waiting, waiting for this dream-like reality to be over, so finally i can go back to the life i had made for myself picking the rice, on the stony floor i’m awful at complimenting pieces like this-- this is one of those pieces that just begs a reread, you need to pay special attention and make connections to truly appreciate the thought put behind it. congrats; i owe you three reviews on pieces of your choice, and two likes/comments on pieces of my choice.
THIRD PLACE: Dmoral13’s young dumb broke high school kids// had it all it drops nightmares around me like they're coins. there’s always so engaging about dmoral’s prose-- i really like the use of alternating lyrics from two different songs as a sort of breaker for different parts of this piece. it follows a past relationship in an almost reminiscent way, and yes, i think it works well given the choice of songs here. congrats; i owe you two reviews on pieces of your choice, and one like/comment on a piece of my choice.
FIRST PLACE: Vinter Vejen’s Never Mind, Oh Never Mind Yourself, Slimy Cretin "Tell me, please"
"Oh, nothing, just that the cloud you're drawing looks a little like an apple."
here’s the thing: this was the only piece that fit the prompt fully. i had asked for you to “make me feel disgusted/angry/irritated on your behalf” and also to “describe your emotions when it happens.” vinter’s is the only piece that did this, and despite this fact, it is a well-written piece. and hilarious-- i was still smiling on my third read. congrats; i owe you three reviews on pieces of your choice, two likes/comments on pieces of my choice, and a month-long shout-out in my message from the writer box.
congrats to all those who won! please comment what pieces you’d like reviewed below (all the honorable mentions get one review each). know that i don’t have regular access to a computer, so it will take me a while to get to them. again, thank you to all those who entered, and happy pride!