Live from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:
The distinguished Scarriet Best American Poetry March Madness Committee delivers its Laurel Leaf Prize to the Best American Poetry poets who successfully traveled the road to the Final Four.
Janet Bowdan, Billy Collins, William Kulik, Reb Livingston, this high honor has no other attachments but recognition of your service to poetry, to glory, and to song. You four began with your obscure births a journey to this moment.
In the presence of our judges, your families, your friends, Garrison Keillor, and these poets who love you, on this day, April 3, 2010, I present to each of you the Scarriet Laurel Leaf Prize.
All four poems feature lucid movement through a dramatic landscape, a sleek impressionism, an original beauty, a fluid design, a combined emotive and cognitive power, and clues to life, as well.
The final Order of the Poems:
4. The Triumph of Narcissus and Aphrodite –William Kulik
3. The Year –Janet Bowdan
2. That’s Not Butter –Reb Livingston
1. Composed Over Three Thousand Miles From Tintern Abbey –Billy Collins
Thanks to all participants in this year’s Scarriet Best American Poetry March Madness.
A final farewell to the No. 1 seeds in the tournament: Galway Kinnell (East), Louis Simpson (North), Sharon Olds (West), and Donald Justice (South).
We hope you all enjoyed the excitement during the road to the Final Four, and learned more about all these poets.
64 excellent poems, chosen from 1,500 Best American Poetry selections 1988—2009, were selected to the tournament itself and Kulik, Bowdan, Livingston and Collins were the top four.