Ten poets created poems from the theme “Mysteries of Harris Burdick” and eight of them survived the double elimination at Last Poet Standing Feb 21.
Steven Duncan, a sophomore studying general science, won immunity with his poem written from a bird’s perspective.
Each poet received a single picture from “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick”, a picture book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, and had to create a poem based on that picture.
“I know a lot of people weren’t happy with the prompt they got, but the picture I got was my favorite in the whole book, so I was happy,” said Anna May, a sophomore studying English.
May said she started creating her poem when she imagined the picture.
“[Afterward] it just came to me that I wanted to write out what truth meant in relation to the picture.”
Garrett Sherwood, a BYU-Idaho alumnus, who attended this round of the show was the winner of Last Poet Standing two years ago.
After the contestants finished, Sherwood read a few of the poems that he has created over the years.
The poets’ theme for next week is “Brand New Serheroes.”