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Bake-off results now posted

Posted 04-08-2009 at 01:58 PM by Catherine Chandler
The results of the 2009 Eratosphere Sonnet Bake-off are now posted on Distinguished Guest.
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BAKE-OFF - FINAL THREE POSTED TODAY & CALL FOR BALLOTS

Posted 04-06-2009 at 06:47 AM by Catherine Chandler
This morning I posted the last three finalist sonnets and issued a call for ballots.

Hope you all had fun!
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Bake-off has begun!

Posted 04-01-2009 at 03:50 PM by Catherine Chandler
The Eratosphere 2009 sonnet bake-off has begun! Everyone is invited to read and discuss the sonnets and Mr. Cassity's comments.
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Bake-off Begins Tomorrow

Posted 03-31-2009 at 06:52 AM by Catherine Chandler
Dear Fellow Poets,

In choosing the finalists from the sixty-one sonnets submitted to me for this year’s bake-off, I relied on the wisdom of poets, the expertise of scholars and, of course, my own gut feelings, what I call the “goose-bump factor,” which may or may not be wise, but there it is.

My decision matrix was based on the following four main criteria (weights in brackets), all of which had sub-criteria as well:

(A) craft, sound, mechanics, images,...
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Sonnet Bake-off: One week to go!

Posted 03-25-2009 at 11:57 AM by Catherine Chandler
In one week, I'll be posting the first two bake-off sonnets, with Mr. Turner Cassity's comments and a few of my own.

In her Introduction to The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Phillis Levin states that the sonnet is " . . . a mode of introspection, a crystallization of the process of thought, of a self arriving at self-consciousness.”

This seems to be borne out in this year's bake-off, as no less than 72% of the sonnets submitted were written in the first person,...
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