THE FIFTH DAILY POEM PROJECT, WEEK THREE
Here are the poems to vote for in the third week of the fifth Daily Poem Project (the poems on Poetry Daily from Monday, March 2, to Sunday, March 8):
March 2: Emma Neale, Farewell Do
March 3: Sarah Barber, To a Ring I Lost Planting Bulbs
March 4: D. A. Powell, corydon & alexis (vote only on the first poem)
March 5: Rae Armantrout, Dark Matter
March 6: David Bottoms, A Chat with My Father
March 7: Keith Ratzlaff, The Struggle between Plenty and Thankfulness
March 8: Greg Wrenn, Pontiff
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 on my blog). I will post comments as they come in.
Please make a final decision and vote for only one poem (although it is always interesting to see people's lists).
Please VOTE BY FRIDAY, MARCH 13! But I will still accept votes as long as I have not posted the final results. (March 15 at the latest.)
The winner of week one was Sherod Santos, Film Noir.
The winner of week two was Edward Field, Cataract op.
(And one other thing to add: feel free to pass the call for votes on to anyone you know who might be interested!)
Sunday, March 08, 2009
The Fifth Daily Poem Project, Week Three Call for Votes
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Powell - Corydon & Alexis
I'm not crazy about any of them, but I'll go for Emma Neale: I like "hot knot" and the last verse.
Definitely "A Chat with my Father!" This is also the poem I've chosen for the first writing assignment!!! love it.
To my taste, not such a good week as the previous two, but I'll say David Bottoms: A chat with my father.
I've got it down to a "short list" of two ...
it'll take me another day or so to choose
Neale's Farewell Do
Bottoms's A Chat with My Father
It came down to Bottoms and Ratzlaff for me, but though I like the Bottoms poem, it seemed a bit too talky, and a far cry from some of his best work. So, I vote for Ratzlaff, which seemed to connect to me in ways I wouldn't have expected.
It's between Ratzlaff and Neale for me, I'll go for Ratzlaff.
David Bottom's is my pick
I'll vote for Ratzlaff. When I first read the poems this week, I really loved Barber's poem and not so much Razlaff's. But on second and third reading to cast my vote, I wasn't as surprised by hers and was more interested in his.
on first read i really didn't like any of these but i;m going to allow myself to be swayed by suz and go for ratzlaff for much the same reasons
I'm going with Neale's Farewell Do, because
I really like those last several lines (starting
with the hot knot in the throat that someone
already mentioned, on through the loose and
empty hands, the car doors' soft and somber
thuds, the arms' slow ache, and the finality
of that last awful ghostly weight).
Just for the record, my other choices this
Bottoms's A Chat with My Father, because
I so readily relate to the basic situation it
presents. (For any of you who don't already
know this, I live with my 95-year-old mother).
Ratzlaff's The Struggle between Plenty and
Thankfulness, for the wonderful way the
title "says it all".
Armantrout's Dark Matter, for the truth and
beauty I hear in lines 5-12.
D A Powell for C & A.
From 'inner finalists' Armantrout and Ratzlaff, it is still an easy choice:
I personally thought this week more interesting than w2. w1 remains my favourite for the moment.
Stephanie, thanks for your vote. It came in too late for this round (I had already posted the results), but I hope you'll vote again in the next round!
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