Text Box: Humour Verse Winners Second Quarter 2013

First: Sound Advice to a Young Poet or The Birth of the Literary Critic by Trevor Hughes

Second: Blood Lines by Brian Allgar

Third: Que Sera, Sera by Anne Lawson

Click on the titles to read the three winning poems.

 

Judge’s Report for the second quarter of the humour verse competition 2013 from Barbara Scott-Emmett

 

I was very impressed by this quarter's submissions and judging them has been a pleasant but difficult task. There was plenty of variety in the entries, both in subject matter and in structure. It's always good to get something a bit different and I'm sorry there cannot be more than three winners.  I would like to give honourable mention to Eats Shoots and Leaves and Faux Pas both of which just missed being selected.  I gave serious thought to my final choices and in the end it all comes down to personal preference.

 

1st: Sound Advice to a Young Poet or The Birth of the Literary Critic

This was my favourite by far. The poem tackles a subject crying out to be made fun of and is, in my opinion, more amusing than Stevie Smith's attempt at the same thing. I enjoyed the way it told a story which the reader gradually recognises - and which, of course, the reader congratulates herself on recognising. Perfect - a poem that is both funny and makes one feel intellectually superior.

 

2nd: Blood Lines

This took the second spot because it's clever and wordy. The line 'biting the girlies makes hell of our pearlies' was so unexpected it made me laugh out loud. I also liked the way the third verse echoes Keats then subverts the effect just created. Another delightful poem.

 

3rd: Que Sera, Sera

This poem gained third  place because it is also clever with language. I love the use of French and Latin tags along with words like tomes and kitsch, all of which add up to a wonderfully unusual piece. It seems to gain momentum as one reads through it, then slows for the last line. Lovely.

 

It will be seen, then, that the way to this judge's heart is to produce something clever, original and amusing. These entries did not disappoint.
 
Well done to all the winners.

 

Shortlist in alphabetical order

 

Blood Lines by Brian Allgar

Eats Shoots and Leaves by Susanna Clayson

Faux Pas by Helen Laycock

Four go to the Beach by Jenni Wyn Hyatt

Lunch on the Grass or Some Picnic by Keith Brunton

No Picnic by Chris O'Carroll

Not Another Midlife Crisis! by Matthew Rundle

Panda Limerick by Kevin Rogers

Que Sera, Sera by Anne Lawson

Sound Advice to a Young Poet or The Birth of the Literary Critic by Trevor Hughes

 

Long list in alphabetical order

 

A Good Idea at the Time by Julie Vanner  

An Angel on the Bus by Andy Fawthrop

Birthday Treat by Adrian Shaw

Blood Lines by Brian Allgar

Carpe Diem by Candace Harding

Doctor Doctor by Susanna Clayson

Dustbin Day by Adrian Shaw

Eats Shoots and Leaves by Susanna Clayson

Facebook? by Julie Vanner

Faux Pas by Helen Laycock

Four go to the Beach by Jenni Wyn Hyatt

How to Look Thin by Jenny Neill

It's a Man's Life by Susanna Clayson

Lucy Locket by Adrian Shaw

Lunch on the Grass or Some Picnic by Keith Brunton

Madam by Brian Allgar

Manopause by Andy Fawthrop

Multi-tasking by Martin Parker

No Picnic by Chris O'Carroll

Not Another Midlife Crisis! by Matthew Rundle

Panda Limerick by Kevin Rogers

Que Sera, Sera by Anne Lawson

Red Escapes Bed and Someone Winds Up Dead by Sharon Boyle

Sound Advice to a Young Poet or The Birth of the Literary Critic by Trevor Hughes

The Loo-sers by Dee Gaynor

The Woolfy Index by James Woolf

W.C. Meeting by Stephanie Key