18 sept. 2003

Round 47

Yusef: "Four Deaths that Happened Daily" by Peggy Munson

Bob: "Sympathy" by Eileen Myles

Munson's poem is quite arresting, with some Plathian self-dramatization, but in a good way. She doesn't take herself too seriously:

One day I died while preparing to live.
The killer stepped out of a Seurat painting
And said "I will make you into a million dots ....

I would have liked Eileen Myles to win, but her poem, from APR, seemed less vivid, less memorable in direct head-to-head competition with Munson's. What is it about APR that drains the life out of poetry? Yusef finally gets his 14th win.

After 47:


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