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Official Poetry Contests - Theme: Quest (due September 24)

Posted Mar 29, '13 at 11:21pm

daleks

daleks

3,227 posts

Bloody hell. These threads always become a mess.

I sorta looked through what was going on here. People not happy with the judfing , Gantic actually finishing the judging and moving things on, and an interesting new theme.

Let's get down to some questions now for good ol' Gantic:
So how was this judging supposed to work? Was it supposed to be a bunch of mods emailing (or however you talk outside of AG) to choose a winner? That is what I pictured it as. Also, judging from one of your posts I assume that did not work and you did the judging yourself out of the kindness of your bunny heart?

OK users on this thread. You are obviously mad at Gantic for the judging, or at least disappointed in how the judging was. I don't think though it is fair to attack (which it seems like you are doing) Gantic for trying to move this thread along. If you want to yell at someone yell at Voidy. He created this thread and it seems to me left. Also, I believe that this is Gantic's first time judging. Cut him some slack.

Now onto the theme that Gantic chose. Most of you seem to not like the theme. Give me a few good reasons for that. I think the theme could be taken a few different ways. Is it the easiest theme to work with? No. Not at all. But impossible? No. I think if you guys give it some good thought then some good poetry could come out of it.

Now for the contest in general. Personally I have never been the biggest fan of these threads. They are fun to post in but are really hard to judge. Each judge will always have there personal opinions on what a makes the poetry great. The judge will also see things differently. Therefore there are always people complaining about the judges. It is really getting old at this point.

The way I see it is that Voidy made a thread, abandoned it, Gantic moved it along, and now you people are criticizing Gantic left and right.

 

Posted Mar 30, '13 at 12:52am

EmperorPalpatine

EmperorPalpatine

4,977 posts

OK users on this thread. You are obviously mad at Gantic for the judging, or at least disappointed in how the judging was. I don't think though it is fair to attack (which it seems like you are doing) Gantic for trying to move this thread along.

It's good that he did it, but unexplained, thin judging is what got acmed scolded and merits removed in the first place. I appreciate that he took the time to explain his views more thoroughly. Now that we can understand the rationale behind it, we can move on.

Give me a few good reasons for that.

I guess most users are used to abstract, open things and ideas like "Piece of Peace" or "Storm of Sins" or "Springtime Serenade" or "Winding Wind" that could mean anything to anyone while quickly painting a vibrant, emotional picture for each individual to base their poem on. A blunt, concrete theme is rare, empty of emotion, and more challenging. You need to build up the thoughts and feelings on your own.

Each judge will always have there personal opinions on what a makes the poetry great. The judge will also see things differently. Therefore there are always people complaining about the judges.

I'm fine with differing opinions, as long as they're decently supported and explained.

 

Posted Mar 30, '13 at 12:52am

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

8,544 posts

Give me a few good reasons for that.

My main irk is how it doesn't really act as a theme in poetry..but more as a means to reach a theme (which can be seen by basically every poem submitted so far..spare for Wolf's..but his is more about a rug..and Emp's, and his is a satire piece)

Mav put it best..it is more of a vehicle to the theme. The only way to have the theme of the poem to actually be Floors is to have your poem so blunt as to be entirely about floors

 

Posted Mar 30, '13 at 1:15pm

wolf1991

wolf1991

3,061 posts

I actually don't mind the theme. It's a good way to challenge people, and even if it's used as a vehicle, technically that's still abiding by the theme. While I do enjoy the more abstract theme, I really do have a problem with people declaring their poem suitable for the abstract themes, even if it doesn't have anything to do with it at first. Some times it is best to simply take a step back from all the highbrow mumbo jumbo and focus on simple things.

If they change the theme, they change the theme; if not, well people need to buckle down and stop complaining. Things are-a changin' folks, why don't we just see where it goes?

 

Posted Apr 1, '13 at 5:09pm

theni

theni

34 posts

haiku for contest:

I lie on the ground
The earth solid below me
Moves on without me

 

Posted Apr 2, '13 at 2:13am

HUA7XFan122396

HUA7XFan122396

76 posts

I have read the  entries for floors, and quite frankly, I think almost everyone who has submitted an entry did not take their time with it, are mentioning the word "floor", not even using the theme at all, and are only doing this for the merit. This contest isn't fair to the judges and I say they should just discontinue the whole thing, because there is already a thread for poetry and the real writers are active in that thread. I don't even know why this thread was made except to give instant gratification to some people who probably complained about their comments on games that they think are merit worthy not being given merits. I am sorry for my interference in things that are none of my business, but I just like arguing.

 

Posted Apr 2, '13 at 7:05am

Quirinus1

Quirinus1

150 posts

Equally provocative

I am the personification of the opportunist mindset and the pleasure-seeking hedonist devil. In every way possible I try to sneakily bypass others in order to gain an advantage over them. You can read this in my words and in see it in my eyes. I adore evil as I adore the slow destruction of the poetic reputations of my inferior rivals. I live in the shadows together with my demonic fiends who cannot tolerate sunlight and shall forever be entwined with the occult.

As for my goals: a merit. The ultimate reward for my little labor. How easy and fulfilling is such a recognition, which I, of course,  do not need because of my obvious superiority. My mysterious plan is hatched, the trap is set. I have averted my dark powers unto this contest.

Masceron.

 

Posted Apr 5, '13 at 4:02pm

Salvidian

Salvidian

3,950 posts

No sense in not participating, I suppose. I might not agree with everything here but I won't fight.

Haiku

The ground must shatter
We should take it down a notch
Though there's no hammer

 

Posted Apr 5, '13 at 11:49pm

killersup10

killersup10

1,788 posts

Hard wooden blunt wall
Divides the up from the down
Protector of feet

Haiku

 

Posted Apr 9, '13 at 11:19am

IcyIndia

IcyIndia

545 posts

Hey guys. If you know me, I'm back. If not, I'm Icy. I was here a while ago. I won a few of these contests. Sorry if this is spam, but honestly, there's enough of that already. :)

I'll post an entry soon.

 
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