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Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:37 pm
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EditorAndPerks says...



Alright, good luck to everyone!

Spoiler! :
this town holds a mystery, written on its collar

the torn brochure mentioned a small metallic pendant,
ever shimmering to shield from prying eyes from looking
further inside, and swung off the throat of the mayor,
whose rites were sworn on ticking hearts and vintage
clocks that could only be wound once a day at midnight

(the name was never written across the bright pages of
the guide, which should have played a warning chime
in the back of your mind, but everyone was smiling at
you with warm embraces and slightly tinged-by-tea yellow
teeth and you wanted to stay, just for another minute)


the dirt-stained, crinkled-eyed citizens of this nameless
town convened in front of an old building (made of brick, as
if there was something to hide away)
holding watches,
that reminded attendees that every secret had a time limit,

and when you strolled out of this town, your mind was newly
blank, unable to comprehend how pretty the green parks
looked, let alone the whispers at every corner of the street,
spoken by hidden figures and you can only capture a few words

(gray dripping down fingertips, clutching a warm, living, beating
object in your hand, encouraged to squeeze down harder so that
more liquid dribbled onto the washed out sidewalk, watering
the yellow dandelion weeds growing from cracks that you didn't
remember seeing, or stepping over, or even existing beforehand)


and that you couldn't wait to come back and visit (why don't
you remember the name? what was the name?)
again next year,
waving farewell to the faces that you will soon forget and the
town that sparked a connection but soon dwindled into obscurity.
"You know that I can't / Show you me / Give you me"
- The Truth Untold (BTS)
"Please give me a remedy / a melody"
- Jamais Vu (BTS)
"The lights illuminating your eyes / They're the me from now"
- Inner Child (BTS)
  





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Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:41 pm
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Good afternoon everyone! Just sending out a reminder that poems are due by (10 PM PDT) Pinging those that haven't submitted yet:

@Ventomology @Querencia @Lavvie

This is going to be a really fun round. (Hopefully XD).
"You know that I can't / Show you me / Give you me"
- The Truth Untold (BTS)
"Please give me a remedy / a melody"
- Jamais Vu (BTS)
"The lights illuminating your eyes / They're the me from now"
- Inner Child (BTS)
  





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Sat Apr 25, 2020 2:00 am
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Que says...



Here we go!

Spoiler! :
google search:
it’s been six weeks since i’ve seen my best friend
tell me—howdoilive, howdoigoonlikethis

google doesn’t have a
satisfactory response, but then again,
neither do i.

i try to fill the void with
words, (poems, letters, mumbled
phone calls) but there’s nothing
that quite fits the
shape of a hole
left by you.

another search:
why is it that in the moment
that i posses my own free heart

i want it to be
yours?

answer:
((i still love him))
>Previously Querencia<

All I want is to write and be happy. c:
  





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Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:48 am
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Ventomology says...



Alrighty time's almost up better get this in.

Spoiler! :
My
modern dance
professor told us
that modern dance focuses
on the root of movement.
Fingertips pull fingers pull palms.
Hands pull forearms pull elbows pull
pull pull pull until the shoulder follows,
then torso, then hips, then weight, then body.
One day, some dancer will try so dang hard
that signals from their cortext will target the exact axon
to spark the exact neuron, exact synapse, exact actin-myosin pair.
They will count the exact number of adenosine triphosphate molecules necessary and

twitch.

"I've got dreams like you--no really!--just much less, touchy-feeley.
They mainly happen somewhere warm and sunny
on an island that I own, tanned and rested and alone
surrounded by enormous piles of money." -Flynn Rider, Tangled
  





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Sat Apr 25, 2020 4:07 am
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Lavvie says...



Cutting it close but here is my poem!

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darling, do not let the curl of your cowlick curve into question marks
about the dimpled wrinkles of thighs scarred with flowering femininity
as a god lays heavy hands gently on the plaster of your skin, his touch
a wandering whistle through pliable needles of tamarack trees; let him
soothe sorrowful what-ifs like a mother's womb, cradling you upwards
to rest on an alabaster pedestal in a museum of doppelgängers ogling
without pause for reflection on how they got here in the first place or
why they are poised on pedestals too, soft like the shapes of Phidias'
genius that bend & refract from this three-dimensional prison prism,
reminding you, darling, of the art of being a woman.


What is to give light must endure burning. – Viktor Frankl
  





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Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:50 pm
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EditorAndPerks says...



RESULTS OF ROUND THREE


The Pairings

For Group 1:

@PrincessInk @amelie @fraey

amelie has advanced!

For Group 2:


@Querencia @Lavvie @Ventomology

Lavvie has advanced!

Spoiler! :
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FINAL ROUND


amelie and Lavvie will compete against each other.

This is the only round where any poem can be used, including a previously submitted poem.

Poems must be posted by (10 PM PDT). Results will be announced by May 3rd.

Congrats to the remaining two! Can't wait for the final round ^^
"You know that I can't / Show you me / Give you me"
- The Truth Untold (BTS)
"Please give me a remedy / a melody"
- Jamais Vu (BTS)
"The lights illuminating your eyes / They're the me from now"
- Inner Child (BTS)
  





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Sat May 02, 2020 3:07 am
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amelie says...



beautiful body that burns (formatting may be goofed again- don’t have access to a PC atm)
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The gates of hell rise and fall
Flickering nebular glow just beneath the surface
As I step into the infernal ether.

The killer defiles the dog, same as the sun sets
And Lucifer is walking on a string, screaming
“666” in the yard at the top of his punctured lungs.
There are at least four dissimilar ways to die
I guess I thought at least one could be beautiful;
Carving a pentagram into my wrist
With only my fingernails is a daunting enough task,
Staining the whole world a pinkish hue.
The way you have been loved changes everything.

We are infinite, God is red. There’s a fire that lives
Eternal underground, and it hungers as I fall through
A beautiful body that burns.
  





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Sat May 02, 2020 4:13 am
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Lavvie says...



And here it is!

Spoiler! :
tattoo golem

he moulds me
with liquid clay
Maharalian hands zinging skin
sharp erasure
of impurities invisible

needle & ink
fill spaces
between cloven vertebrae
crevassed & sore
slouched in a pyrrhic past

better remembered
on an organic canvas
where alephs are carved
in pretty disguise, grit wrinkled
in hues of tradition

red wet corporeal confetti
salute a battered body
revalued, ink-stitched
hailing solid resurrection
& whole love


What is to give light must endure burning. – Viktor Frankl
  





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Mon May 04, 2020 11:29 pm
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EditorAndPerks says...



RESULTS OF FINAL ROUND


@amelie and @Lavvie competed in what was an awesome last round, but we can only one winner!

This year's winner is:

Lavvie!

Both of your poems were so good though!

I would like to say congrats to the winner of April Madness 2020, and to say thank you to everyone who participated. This was a super fun event to run, and I hope you all had fun C:
"You know that I can't / Show you me / Give you me"
- The Truth Untold (BTS)
"Please give me a remedy / a melody"
- Jamais Vu (BTS)
"The lights illuminating your eyes / They're the me from now"
- Inner Child (BTS)
  





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Mon May 04, 2020 11:48 pm
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alliyah says...



Wonderful final poems from both of you!! Congratulations @Lavvie!!!
maybe i make up colors for poetic cadence, but i don't think i can ever love someone who doesn't understand that teal is a different color than dark cyan
  





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Tue May 05, 2020 12:00 am
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Lavvie says...



Wow! I truly never expected to even get this far, let alone win. Thank you.

Congratulations also to @amelie for some spectacular poetry!

And to the others: @Traves, @alliyah, @MeherazulAzim16, @fraey, @Willard, @PrincessInk, @Ventomology, @Magebird, @RoseAndThorn, @Querencia, @Rin321, @EverLight, @AstralHunter, @Katteex, @Gravitem, and @EthanHoover - I read every single poem and each one was a reminder of how special it is to belong to such a talented community. I look forward to reading more in the future ;)


What is to give light must endure burning. – Viktor Frankl
  





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Tue May 05, 2020 1:47 am
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amelie says...



Congrats @Lavvie! Beautiful work coming from you this year. <3
  





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Tue May 05, 2020 5:08 am
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Gravitem says...



Congratulations @Lavvie! You wrote such wonderful stuff!
"Mesa tired"

Check this out if you want reviews --> Reviewen anythin' and everythin'(almost)
  





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Tue May 05, 2020 12:55 pm
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EverLight says...



Ahhh! Congratulations Lavvie!
I'm winning at life!
  





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Tue May 05, 2020 6:40 pm
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Rin321 says...



Congrats!! :D :D
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I am a funtastic awesome writer-
what are you?


You are an awesome writer as well-that is what you are

:superman: :superman: :superman: :superman: :superman: :superman: :superman: :superman:
  








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