18 sept. 2003

Round 39

Yusef: "Y2K (1933)" by John Koethe

Bob: "Perfect Front Door" by Steve Malmude

I am a fan of Koethe's poetry in general. This poem is complex, ending with a rewriting of Yeats' "The Second Coming" and a reference to Hitler. As usual, the style is vaguely Ashberyian.

Malmude's "Perfect Front Door" - published in The Hat no less- is more sharply drawn:

My summer
is threadbare
these jeans
are chains . . . .

Malmude's refreshing poem is one of my favorites so far in either book, and wins the round for Bob.

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