23 December 2012

countdown to new year's: you, me, and round three

Are you wondering about the lineup for Round 3? Check out the graphic below (yes, one more "bracket"-type graphic) with this week's pairings. For Round 3, the boys will be out and I will be staying in (what with it being Christmas and all) with their poems. These "dates" with the poems will post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. (Because it's Christmas, they have been "pre-recorded," so to speak, to allow for a more leisurely holiday.)

I look forward to taking a close look at the six poems we've got left, and engaging in conversation with you to figure out which poems (and poets) will be moving on to the final three-person round on Sunday, December 30th!

For now, here's the Round 3 Line Up:

Your Turn: Who do you want to see move on to Round 4? Which poet(s) do you think has the best chance of winning the whole competition? Why? I'd love for you to share your thoughts in the comments below!


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  1. I predict Hughes and Lawrence but am not certain if Senghor or Yeats.

    As for the final winner, who knows? After your comment on Lawrence, I checked out more of his poetry. And guess what? I like his poetry more than his stories. I wouldn't mind seeing him win.

    1. Linda, D.H. Lawrence is such a trickster! He's definitely become something of a dark horse, as one of the poets I didn't know could do so well or get so far in this competition. My "dark horse" in the truer sense of the phrase is probably Senghor; as one of the poets I'd never heard of, I'm surprised to find myself so drawn to him. Then again, in their own ways, almost all the poets at this third stage of the competition are dark horses ... I've been surprised to see almost all of these fellows make it so far! Thanks for your feedback.


Thank you so much for your comments! Please feel free to share your thoughts here; I look forward to engaging in conversation with you!

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