KERRY'S Thursday Challenge #1  July 1, 2011 - July 9, 2011

Contest Completed


Lee's Mockingbird - [writing deleted]
Tolkien's Map - Kamikaze Horses
Fitzgerald’s Gin Rickey - [writing deleted]
Dicken's Ink Pen - Runners
Austen’s Notebook - On the Cliff's Edge
Shakespeare's Quill - Rust
Plath's Bell Jar - [writing deleted]



Within the bounds of this Challenge series, I will create 5 contests, inspired by gifted story-tellers, whose tales have become a legacy.

The terms of each challenge will be very clearly stated, but the FIRST RULE, which will apply to all the challenges, is that the piece must be written in the week of the challenge. Any older poems that are entered in the contest will not be eligible for an award.


'The Catcher in the Rye' is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. Originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of confusion, angst, alienation, language, and rebellion. It has been translated into almost all of the world's major languages. Around 250,000 copies are sold each year, with total sales of more than 65 million. The novel's protagonist and antihero, Holden Caulfield, has become an icon for teenage rebellion.
The novel was included on Time's 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923, and it was named by Modern Library as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It has been frequently challenged in the United States and other countries for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality. It also deals with complex issues of identity, belonging, connection, and alienation.


"Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be."
— J.D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye)

Use this extract from the novel, or visit the Goodreads Quote page (URL below) and find a quote to inspire your poetry. Please share the quote, if applicable, in the Author's Note box.


I would like to state that the badge awards are not given on a first, second, third, runners up basis. They are of equal value, and tokens of my great admiration for the work of POETS, and my deep respect for all who enter their pieces in these challenges.


A date with Holden Caulfield


Kerry O'Connor
Kerry O'Connor
South Africa


17 Contestants
17 Submissions
Created Jul 1, 2011