Co-Hosts - Ahavati & JohnnyBlaze
Welcome back to the Classic Corner Competitions, Part XXXV, in an ongoing series introducing serious writers of DUP to the most famous classical and modern poets of our time. Florence Anthony was a National Book Award winning American poet and educator who legally changed her name to Ai Ogawa. She won the National Book Award for Poetry for Vice.
Ai ( which means Love in Japanese ), who has described herself as Japanese, Choctaw-Chickasaw, Black, Irish, Southern Cheyenne, and Comanche, was born in Albany, Texas in 1947, and she grew up in Tucson, Arizona. Raised also in Las Vegas and San Francisco, she majored in Japanese at the University of Arizona and immersed herself in Buddhism.
She has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and various universities; she has also been a frequent reader-performer of her work. Ai holds an M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine. She is the author of Dread (W. W. Norton & Co., 2003); Vice (1999), which won the National Book Award for Poetry; Greed (1993); Fate (1991); Sin (1986), which won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation; Killing Floor (1979), which was the 1978 Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets; and Cruelty (1973). She has also received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Fellowship Program at Radcliffe College. She teaches at Oklahoma State University and lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
For more info visit: https://www.poemhunter.com/ai-ogawa/biography/
—Write a new ( non-previously posted ) poem honoring Ai 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 Ai. 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 allowed. Keep this thread clean of everything but entries until after the awards announcement is made. Comment on entries directly to the member's page if you feel moved to. Post any questions or concerns about the comp in the Classic Corner Discussion thread @ https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/speakeasy/read/10855/ 2.
No extreme 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 ( UNLESS the inspirational poem is longer ). 4.
Any form is acceptable ( but studying the poet is advised ). This includes visual and spoken word pieces. 5.
You must select #AiOwaga in your themes. The theme page will automatically generate as soon as eight entrants hashtag the theme. Make sure you hashtag her in your themes or you will be disqualified. 6.
In your Author's note, provide the poem title ( even if the title of your poem is the same as Ai's ) as well as a link to the poem ( not website ) by Ai that inspired yours. Without this, we have no way of determining if you were truly inspired by Ai, or simply swapped fresh words into her existing poetry and form, which could be considered plagiarism. 7.
You may edit your entry up until the moment the competition closes and is locked for judging.
Comp will be judged by Ahavati & JohnnyBlaze. As in the past and in the event there is a tie, we will call in third judge.
You have one month; best of luck to all entrants!