Congratulations to Pamela (PCS) and Patricia who both took prizes in round one. The prize, a signed copy of "Monster Poems" by Daniel Ari, illustrated by Lauren Ari.
Now, let's start round 2!If you don't know how to play, here are the simple directions.
The categories are: 1. Fictional places 2. Two names of cities 3. Synonyms of "sound" 4. Obscure words
The 4-letter word: HORN
Points will be awarded as capriciously and arbitrarily as before according to (or in spite of) these rules:
1 point per cell filled
+ 1 point for each pair of cities in category 2 that are connected by roads (i.e., you can drive from one to the other).
+ 5 points for the single pair of cities among all entries that have the greatest driving distance between them.
+ 1 point for each obscure word in category 4 that includes a definition
+ 1-3 bonus points for LOLs
+ 10 bonus points if you also submit a poem or flash fiction that includes at least 5 words from your category grid.
Had trouble finding the right title. Something about how experience is so concentrated here,
or in any city. Maybe you have an idea of a different title that could work for this poem?
Texture & Discovery
A man shares my bench, lowers his shades, flirts with me; but having lunch is why I’m here. I must keep this custard off my shirt. In the city, look and it appears: toothy skyline, transit or dessert. I’ve been a tourist nearly twenty years, still looking up at the tops of towers— still amazed at all the sounds to hear— conversing, saxophones, ambulance howls— not commonplace, the cities of earth. I could wander or I could sit for hours lost in this chaotic summer dream. A woman in a sunflower cowl turns my head right around and then steam billows up from a grate—smells of beer, moving bodies, iron and chlorine— Gotta get back to work. It’s 1:15
"Categories” or “The Grid Game” is something my family
played on car trips or at home. As an adult, I have found it to be a lot of
laughs at parties or writing jams. It’s also a good way to stir up creative
At the last writing jam at my place, Jud, Maria, Janice, Rachel,
Lauren, Jason, Ajua and I played. Sharing our results inspired belly laughs as
well as a-ha moments. Then we used the answers we came up with as a wordlist
for free writing.
So here’s the game and how you can participate now in this blog-based tourney. Three sections
follow: HOW TO PLAY SCORING PLAY NOW! HOW TO PLAY Create a 4x4 grid on a piece of paper. You could do this by
folding a paper into 16ths, or just draw lines. Here’s mine. You’ll notice I
left a little space above and to the left, which is not a bad idea. Above each column, we'll write our categories. When I was a
kid, we used categories like animals, foods, girl’s names, and colors. As an adult, I have found it more fun
to use farther-fetched …