Shore Up Your Broken Phrases

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There’s no better way to defeat stagnation than to promote participation. Challenges on Ficly are the means to draw that kind of participation, and unabashed opinions are the easiest subjects to be passionate about.

I really dislike free verse poetry.

If you write using that method, defend yourself. I’m not concerned with being swayed, I’m looking for solid arguments. Beware the initial emotional response, this is an exercise in thought, not reactionary writing.

One final condition: all entries must be poems, of any kind, including free verse.

2 weeks. Go.

  • Started May 29th, 2014.
  • Ended June 15th, 2014.
  • Created by Jae

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  1. Avatar Cariad Ceffyl

    nothing like winning by default. ;)

  2. Avatar Cariad Ceffyl

    I think by the very nature of this challenge it does what a challenge should- encourage writing. Excellent idea- Now to see what I can come up with

  3. Avatar Jae

    I could couch this in a nicer turn of phrase, 32^2, but the purpose was to make a blunt statement toward which people would have an opinion, something to write about. Regardless, this tactic is currently speaking for itself, which is fine. It was experimental, after all.

  4. Avatar 32 ^2

    “I really dislike free verse poetry.”

    I don’t think this is going to make anyone excited to enter this challenge, your statement has already judged the entries. You dislike free verse poetry. And why should anyone write to “defend themselves”?

  5. Avatar signed, poet

    Ty I will defintely participate. this is a beautiful topic to bring up, ty for thinking of it =)

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