Instructions for Peer Evaluation, with Examples

This poem won Honourable mention in the 2012 2-Day Poem Contest

Slide 1: You must give a spread of grades.

 

Slide 2: You must explain on the reverse the salient attributes

of your group members, as follows:

 

Slide 3: For each, allude to at least one skill passed on to you.

Be specific. For example, not just “X can tickle fish,” but

 

Slide 4: “X taught me the following method to entrance a trout:

1. Abrade the tip of the pointer finger of one’s right hand

until blood peonies on the surface.

2. Tuck one’s skirt hem into one’s waistband and wade in.

3. Touch one’s bloody fingertip to the surface.

4. Think ‘rainbow, rainbow, rainbow’….”

Etc.

 

Slide 5: Not just “Y can prepare X’s trout midwinter

without pan or oil,” but

 

Slide 6: “According to Y, if you have landed X’s trout midwinter, but

have neither pan nor oil, you should:

1. Scoop a small hole in the snow with your hands.

2. Consider, one after another, people who have warmed

your existence. A mist will coalesce around you. Do not be alarmed;

it’s just snow, sublimating.

3. When you can see dead, damp grass at the bottom of the hole,

change your thoughts from those who merely warmed to hot, hot, hot.

George Clooney. David Bednarski. The grass will smoulder.

 

Slide 7: Very Important: FOCUS.

I.E., when considering how David always arrived at his locker

midmorning midweek, resist thinking how you can never

type “Wednesday” without first typing “Wend.”

 

Slide 8: Too late: you’re distracted. Quickly,

remember the evening that buff young priest told you

it’s a sin to harbour salacious thoughts, so you confessed.

 

Slide 9: Burning well now. The fish flopped its way back into the stream

minutes ago. The hole? Unchanged since you stopped scooping,

chunks of ice at the bottom.  The air

clear as David’s eyes.

 

Slide 10. Curl upon yourself in the snow, muttering

like that garrulous neighbor who  races from his house

to thrust on you yet another bag full of the bags his Gleaner comes in.

“To, you know, clean up. After T-Bear.”

 

The bags are always compromised—

perforated when he pulls in to his driveway,

back from coffee with the guys every morning.

 

Slide 10: Say “Thank you.”

Go home. Dry yourself off.

Published online June 01 2012.

This poem was a winner in CV2’s annual 2-Day Poem Contest. Every April, CV2 challenges players to create a new original poem that uses all 10 words of our choosing. It’s poetry under pressure for prizes, publication, and personal bests. Learn how to sign up for the next 2-Day Poem Contest.


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This piece was published in ‘Poetry Only,’ the Spring 2013 issue of CV2.

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