For this year’s rodeo, I created a special poetry form called the Double Ennead. The word Ennead means nine, and a double nine is ninety-nine! Carrot Ranch is famous for 99-word flash fiction. Finally, the ranch has its own syllabic poetry form written in 99 syllables!
The Double Ennead comprised five lines with a syllable count of 6/5/11/6/5, (33 SYLLABLES per stanza) 3 STANZAS EACH = 99 SYLLABLES, NO MORE, NO LESS!
The twist in crafting the Double Ennead was that poets had to choose five consecutive words from the poem, “The Springtime Plains,” from Cowboy Poet, Charles Badger Clark, found at the link below:
The five words had to be reworked into one stanza following this word placement:
Line 1 starts with word 1
Line 2 ends with word 2
Line 3 starts with word 3
Line 4 ends with word 4
Line 5 starts with word 5
Today, I can finally announce the winner of the Carrot Ranch’s 2020 Writing Rodeo Event #2, which I had the honor of managing.
There were twenty-four poems submitted from all genres including comedy, western, romantic, and even a fantasy poem. Our two judges studied the poems for several days before selecting a winner. It was a tough choice.
The Double Ennead was not an easy poem to craft, and each of you who took part stepped up to meet the challenge. You are all stars!
Please proudly display this badge on your website. You earned it, and I’m proud of all of you!
Here is our winner:
“Some Places Have No Names,”
by Kerfe Roig
Her five words from the poem, “The Springtime Plains,” were: “…summering sun that comes galloping…” found in the first stanza of her poem.
You can find Kerfe Roig’s magnificent Double Ennead poem at https://carrotranch.com/rodeo-contests/2020-rodeo/ where our head buckaroo, Charli Mills, has compiled the winners of the Writing Rodeo events.
Again, congratulations to the winners and to everyone who entered. I hope you all continue to craft poetry!
I’d like to add my special thanks to the amazing judges,
Jane Dougherty and Merril D. Smith.