25 sept. 2003

Round 72

Yusef: "Scrabble with Matthews" by David Wojahn

Bob: "In Charge" by Nathan Whiting

Wojahn's account of playing scrabble with William Matthews (I cheated and read the explanation this time; I didn't know that Matthews had died), vs. Whiting's dramatic narrative about a guy with sixteen dogs. Wojahn says that Matthews wore his erudition lightly, but the same cannot be said for this poem, which is mannered and "academic." Whiting's funny poem about the dog collector wins for Bob.

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