Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Summer Poetry Challenge - are you playing?

It is a dreary, oppressive day in NYC and I thought I'd brighten it with the prospect of poetry!! Don't forget about the poetry challenge - the rules are posted here. 10 players have signed up but so far only 4 have submitted poems see their submissions here. I thought I would encourage you all by announcing my own submissions:

Pre-1900: Song of Myself from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman - 1855

1900-2000: The Man with the Blue Guitar by Wallace Stevens - 1937

2000-2007: Twenty-Seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit by Timothy Donnelly - 2001-2003

Mysterious: The Book of Questions by Pablo Neruda - 1973
I was first going to choose a poem that frustrated me by its being inscrutable but I acutally love these, although their meanings are elusive. I'm going to try to read them all of a piece, instead of a few at a time and see what that does.


meli said...

Nice list! I haven't forgotten, just been busy writing my chapter. I gave my brother a copy of 'The Man with the Blue Guitar' for Christmas last year, illustrated by David Hockney. It was a beautiful book.

Anonymous said...

I'm jealous - I tried to fit in Neruda somewhere as well, but others took precedence. I love Neruda!

Dewey said...

Oh, Neruda! I wish I had thought of that.