So I’m here with Marla Muse, once again, as we are about to begin play that will bring us closer to crowning a Best American Poetry Champion in 2010.
Marla, could it be a Canadian?
It could. Magaret Atwood’s poem from Richard Howard’s 1995 volume, “Bored.” Atwood broke Franz Wright’s heart in triple-overtime in Sweet Sixteen. We won’t soon forget that one!
No, we won’t. Atwood goes against William Kulik in the North final.
What does Billy Collins have to do to advance against Stephen Dunn? Dunn, if you remember won his game in the last second against Robert Pinsky. Meanwhile, Collins rolled over Harry Mathews with a swarming defense as “Composed Over Three Miles From Tintern Abbey” proved too much for “Histoire” to handle.
Tom, I think Billy has to get it to Wordsworth. That’s the guy who has taken him this far. And the lambs have to bound, Tom, the lambs really have to bound.
They’ve been bounding and bounding well. How about the two American women left in the tournament…not well known…but they’re very tough…
They are…Reb Livingston in the South final will be facing Bernard Welt…who is nervous, we’ve already seen that…and Janet Bowdan will be defending her chance to go to the Final Four in the West against Lewis “Buzz” Buzbee, who, in contrast to Welt, seems very relaxed.
Tarzan has brought his hammock to the West bracket final…
And Jane and Cheetah, of course…
Bowdan’s poem is lovely, isn’t it?
Yes, Tom, Bowdan’s poem is from Rita Dove’s 2000 volume. Bowdan could go all the way.
We can feel the tension in the air here as the poets and publishers pour into the arena for these four contests. I’ve never felt such excitement, really, since Athens, and those playwrighting contests, when I was just a young girl…
Marla Muse, you don’t look a day over 2,000!