Hard to believe, but National Poetry Month was half a year ago, when I introduced a little writing contest I called “Poetry…Cubed.” So, 6 months later, I think it’s time to bring it back and have some more fun!
First, a recap, in case you don’t know how this works: On The Food Network show, “Chopped,” chefs compete against each other by trying to create the best dishes they can using specific ingredients given to them in a special basket. They have no idea what’s in those baskets until they open them on the spot.
For the first round, they might have to create appetizers using, for example, pig knuckles, lima beans, and cocoa. The dishes are critiqued by a panel of judges, the chef with the least appealing dish gets ‘chopped,’ and the three remaining chefs then move on to the entree round, which might consist of geoduck, durian, and Good ‘n Plenty.
The final two move on to desserts, and the last chef standing wins.
For the contest I’m presenting here, I’ve taken the basic premise of the TV show and removed the anxiety…I call it “Poetry…Cubed!” Here’s how it works:
- Use the 3 images (“cubed!”) below as inspiration to write a poem.
- The poem can be any form, any number of lines, rhyming or not.
- The only hitch is that you need to include a reference to all three images in the poem – either via concrete imagery or something more abstract.
Then email your poem to me at Matt (at) MattForrest (dot) com before Nov. 30 and I’ll share them all here throughout the month! Out of all the poems entered, ONE lucky writer will be chosen at random to receive his/her choice of:
- a) the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations (Pomelo Books) which was published earlier this year,
- b) the Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (Pomelo Books), which came out in 2014, or
- c) a handmade milkweed pod Christmas ornament (from right here in New Hampshire) similar to the ones in the photo.
I’ll post all the poems and announce the winner on Fri., Dec. 4!
Keep in mind, I can only format poems to a small degree – so if possible, try to refrain from lots of unusual breaks and text placement. I’ll do my best to format your poem per your wishes, but WordPress will only allow me to do so much; blogging platforms aren’t known for being particularly poetry-friendly!
Ready? Here are your three images:
Think you can make something delicious out of these ingredients? Feel free to click any of the images to enlarge them, and remember: your poems can use concrete references or abstract references; they’re poems, after all, so be creative!
To get things started, here’s a simple stanza I came up with:
Her, in November
Love’s seeds burst open
on the vine
as autumn plays its games;
the fire, ’tis sweet,
but once lit, none
dare try contain the flames.
– © 2015, Matt Forrest Esenwine, all rights reserved
I only spent 15-20 minutes on that, so I’m sure you can come up with something better! I look forward to seeing it! Keep in mind, your poem doesn’t have to be the best, it just has to have a reference to each of the three photos – the winner will be chosen at random.
And for all of today’s Poetry Friday links and fun, please visit Katya at Write. Sketch, Repeat.!