|The camera adds 10 grams to Pearl Gray.|
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #18|
First, it is rarely an "aesthetic judgement". Except from some quibbling about position (e.g. 3rd rather than, say, 4th), there was no argument whatsoever about the top 9; as for the 10th, the only disagreement was whether or not any poem qualified. Apparently, the more that people know about something the more consensus there is regarding exemplars. Who knew?
Second, what disputes did arise were a result of the lack of ground rules. Was it okay for an individual to have more than one poem in the Top 10? Earl, being a poems-not-poets kind of squirrel, was in the "Sure, why not?" camp. He was surprised to find that this was, initially, the minority position. No one who knows my brother should be shocked to learn that this soon changed.
Earl is hoping he doesn't blush at the awards ceremony. It makes him look like a red squirrel in a misfitting tuxedo.