THE FOURTH DAILY POEM PROJECT, WEEK SEVEN
Here are the poems to vote for in week seven of my fourth Daily Poem Project (the poems on Poetry Daily from Monday, March 31, to Sunday, April 6):
43. Anti-Love Poem, by Grace Paley (vote only on the first poem)
44. Dreaming of the Dead, by Anne Stevenson
45. Is, by Kevin McFadden (vote only on the first poem)
46. Tea Break, by Julie O'Callaghan (vote only on the first poem)
47. Old War, by Alan Shapiro (vote only on the first poem)
48. The Star Market, by Marie Howe
49. Waiting to Cut the Hay, by Erica Funkhouser
This is the seventh week of twelve weeks, at the end of which the twelve winners will be put together for a final vote.
HOW TO VOTE: You can send your vote to me by email or as a comment on the blog. If you want to vote by commenting but do not want your vote to appear on the blog, you just have to say so in your comment (I moderate all comments). (If you read this on Facebook, please vote on my blog and not as a comment on Facebook.) I will post comments as they come in (unless you tell me not to post the comment, of course).
You may vote by the title, the author's name, or the number of the poem in the list above. Please make a final decision and vote for only one poem (although it is always interesting to see people's lists).
Please VOTE BY SATURDAY, April 11! But I will still accept votes as long as I have not posted the final results, which I will do on April 12. If you would like to receive an email announcing the posting of the results, make sure to get me your email address somehow (if it is not available through your blogger profile or the like, say).
The winner of week 1 was Alison Brackenbury's "Edward Thomas's daughter."
The winner of week 2 was Martha Zweig's "Overturn."
The winner of week 3 was B. T. Shaw's "We End, Like Galileo."
The winner of week 4 was Damian Walford Davies's "Plague."
The winner of week 5 was Mary Jo Salter's "Point of View."
The winner of week 6 was Bill Zavatsky's "Ode to the Maker of Odes."
Sunday, April 06, 2008
The Fourth Daily Poem Project, week seven call for votes
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Anne Stevenson, followed by Grace Paley.
Two of the poems really please me: "Tea Break" and "Waiting To Cut the Hay!" I liked Tea Break because it was so chaotic and fun to read, not your very typical poem! :)
This week is tough! I love both 'Old War' and 'Waiting to Cut the Hay', and I'm also amusingly pleased by 'Is'! I'm voting for 'Old War' - the ending is a corker.
"Is" Kevin McFadden. It's perfect.
Howe's =Star Market= and Funkhouser's =Waiting to Cut the Hay= are the only ones that really appeal to me this week. I'll hold off voting until I re-read them later in the week.
I vote for Is, by Kevin McFadden. It's so simple & yet beautiful...simply beautiful.
Runner-up for me this week is Anti-Love Poem by Grace Paley.
There is no other choice.I have to go with The Star Market.
These are all wonderful, each in its very own way. I was drawn to Howe and Funkhouser at first, but upon a second reading will vote for one of the stranger ones: Shapiro first, Stevenson second.
Howe gets my vote ...
(with Funkhouser as "running mate")
Hope I'm not too late to vote. Nothing really jumps out at me this week, but I'll go with "Waiting to cut the hay."
Interesting to see how many two-or-more-poems days there were this time.
There were actually four poems out of the seven that I considered voting for: McFadden's "Is," O'Callaghan's "Tea Break," Howe's "The Star Market," and Funkhouser's "Waiting to Cut the Hay."
I'll go with Julie O'Callaghan. For one thing, every time I read the title it reminds me of tennis -- tie break. But I also like its quirkiness. It takes a few lines to figure out what's going on. And it is fun to imagine those bits of the conversation that are not given.
I found myself going back and forth between several poems: Stevenson, Shapiro, Howe, and Funkhouser. I've decided to go with Howe, for the wonderfully deadpan line "Jesus must have been a saint."
I know I'm too late to vote, but, for what it's worth, I'd vote for O'Callaghan, with Shapiro second, and Funkhouser third. I based my vote on the fact that reading the respective poems by my two front-runners made me want to read more poems in the volume. Might have to do that.
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