The poets who will compete in March Madness 2014 received a letter from Ed DeCaria, whip master in center ring, explaining some of the requirements and providing a full roster of participants. I’ll get my first word on March 17 while I’m at the Warrensburg Children’s Literature Festival so my first round poem will likely be composed mostly in the car on the afternoon of the 18th while driving back home. I hope I get a word about 18-wheelers and shaking one’s fist at traffic.
My worthy opponent for the first round is Bonnie Bailey. I look forward to becoming acquainted.
The only other contest I ever entered changed my life. In 1963 I sent a short-short story to a Reader’s Digest contest. I didn’t get top prize but placed high enough that I was interviewed in the Kansas City Star. A follow-up conversation with someone who read the story led me to try my hand at writing for children. Were it not for that incident, I might still be writing stories for adults. So, Ed Decaria, the pressure is on. I have big expectations!