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:
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.