Co-Hosts - Ahavati & JohnnyBlaze ( the wonderful artist who renders these classic portraits )
Welcome back to the Classic Corner Competitions, Part XXV, in an ongoing series introducing serious writers of DUP to the most famous classical and modern poets of our time. Born Florence Margaret Smith in Hull, Yorkshire in 1902, Stevie Smith moved with her family to the North London suburbs when three, then lived in the same house the rest of her life. She graduated from the North London Collegiate School and went on to work as a secretary. She published several collections of short prose and letters as well as nearly a dozen volumes of verse. Although the nursery-rhyme-like cadences of her poems and the whimsical drawings with which she illustrated them suggest a child’s innocence, Stevie Smith was a sophisticated poet, whose work was much concerned with suffering and mortality. Her macabre sense of humor can shock, as in her most famous poem, “Not Waving But Drowning.”
Smith was awarded the Cholmondeley Award for Poets in 1966 and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 1969. She died of a brain tumor in 1971.
For more information regarding Smith, please visit the Poetry Foundation: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/stevie-smith Guidelines
Write a new poem honoring Smith inspired by any one
of her poems.
Do NOT copy paste your poem to the competition, it must be linked to your page with the below information.
Do your best to make us feel as though we are reading poems by Smith. The more we feel you "capturing her essence" in "your own words" , the higher you will score. This will involve choice of wording, delivery, subject material, formatting, target audience, ambiguity - a wide range of factors. The Rules 1.
Two entries per DUP persona. 2.
No erotica; this is open to all ages and can't be viewed with an ECW ( Extreme Content Warning ). 3.
No exact word limit; however, attempt to keep it no more than 250 - 300. 4.
Any form is acceptable ( but studying the poet is advised ). 5.
Webmiss will be creating #StevieSmith in the theme list. The page will automatically generate as soon as eight entrants hashtag the theme. In the interim, #hashtag #StevieSmith in your notes as well. 6.
In your poem's notes, provide links to the poem by Smith that inspired yours. Without this, we have no way of determining if you were truly inspired by Smith, or simply swapped fresh words into her existing poetry and form, which could be considered plagiarism.
Comp will be judged by Ahavati & JohnnyBlaze. As in the past and in the event there is a tie, we will call in third ( and possibly fourth ) judge. LASTLY**** ALL NON-ELIGIBLE ENTRIES WILL BE REMOVED.
This is not a competition to deliberately ignore guidelines so as to advertise your work.
You have one month; best of luck to all entrants!