The Challenge: Assign yourself 4 poems you have not really read:
- 1 poem written before 1900
- 1 poem written 1900-2000
- 1 poem written in 2000-2007
- 1 poem you're intimidated by, find mysterious, or simply don't understand, from any period.
What to do: Please formally enroll yourself here with your blog name in parentheses and blog URL (linking me directly to your posting of the poems will make the process more efficient for your visitors, but do as you wish). Also list your four poem titles and poets, please. If you change your mind or fill in one as you go, please mark your addendum as "your blog name" poetry submission #2 (etc...). Please label all posts "summer poetry challenge." One submission (of four poems) per person, please.
Sign-up deadline: No later than July 20, 2007.
I will post an index of all participants, listing your name, blog, four poems and poets. I will be on vacation from June 27 - July 9, so don't panic if you submit in that period and don't see yourself immediately. That index will link readers in our "reading week" to your poems directly.
Posting deadline: For one week, beginning August 1, post your poems (unless they're too long, in which case your thoughts on them, your questions about them, and any excerpts you choose can be posted instead). If they are long poems, post sooner so others can read them too if they choose!
Posting the poems on your own site will create readers for you and put your dialogue right at your fingertips, but with any luck we will get a cross-dialogue going.
If there is to be any sort of contest, details will follow but right now, I'm thinking the pleasure is in the reading.
Please inform me if I could be organizing things better - I haven't been blogging very long. Thanks for your guidance, Imani!
Check in periodically for updates.
Most of all - read gorgeously good poems and spread the word(s)!