07 December 2013

countdown to new year's: the lineup

Countdown to New Year's: The Lineup
The first round of the Countdown to New Year's dead poet dates start tomorrow! How excited am I?
On a scale of 1-10 ... probably about a 20.

In case you weren't around for this last year, here's a glimpse at how this works:

1. Each week will feature a round of dates with dead poets pitted against each other in a competition for a New Year's kiss. Round one will kick us off with four days of three double-dates. At the end of each day of dates, you (oh yes, you get to get in on this, too!) will have the opportunity to help me select a winner by voting on the winner of the date!

2. As we work through December, the pool of dead poets (there are 24 to begin with) will get smaller and smaller.

3. As you vote and comment, you earn yourself the opportunity to win, too! Last year those who commented on the final round to select the ultimate winner were entered into a drawing for a book by the winner. This year, I'm upping the ante! Everyone who votes and comments on any round will be entered into a drawing for a book by the winning poet! (Don't worry, in the event you've read everything by the winner, or just aren't interested, you will have some wiggle room in your prize!) That means every time you comment (once per date day) you'll be entered to win!

So who are the candidates this time around? Here they are (alphabetized by last name)

Jorge Luis Borges
Geoffrey Chaucer
William Cowper
William Waring Cuney
John Donne
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka "Dr. Seuss") 
Allen Ginsberg
Oliver Goldsmith
Thomas Gray
Samuel Johnson
Bob Kaufman
Kenneth Koch
E.A. Markham
Ogden Nash
Christopher Okigbo
Rainer Maria Rilke
James Schuyler
William Shakespeare
Kenneth Slessor
Christopher Smart
Mbembe Milton Smith
Melvin B. Tolson
Jean Toomer

I don't know about you, but I'm excited to get started tomorrow! And in case you're curious, here's the first round of dates all lined up:

So, what are your thoughts? Any clear standouts? Surprises? Who are you rooting for?


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  1. "Remember that men and women are infinitely ecstatic, infinitely suffering beings." How can I resist the great Ferlinghetti? Am going to be travelling a great part of this time but will try and partake...it was so much fun last time, and I am still treasuring my Neruda greatly.

  2. You resurrected some dead guys I've never heard of. But, I was just thinking about the pale green pants with nobody inside them, and my first instinct was to go with Seuss but I'm going to wait for the dates. Make 'em WoW us, Khara!

  3. Thank you all for your comments! I was kind of wondering how folks would react to Dr. Seuss aka Geisel! I hope the dates this year still have the "wow" factor. I know I'm excited to see how they go! :)


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