Thursday, July 27, 2006

Blurb Wars

Match the poets to their blurbs. If you can do it, and if I were rich... but I'm not and there will be no prizes. (Hint: Some poets have more than one blurb...)

Notice how the blurbers always say "...one of...". As if to say: "Well... he or she really isn't that great" or "I'm just going to write 'one of' because I don't really know if they're all that good..." or "Good God, they're *all* geniuses..."

If you have more, add them to the list...



A.) Timothy Steele
B.) T.S. Eliot
C.) Robert Frost
D.) Thoma Lux
E.) John Ashbery
F.) Elizabeth Bishop
G.) Galway Kinnell
H.) Mary Oliver
I.) Seamus Heaney
J.) Dana Gioia
K.) E.E. Cummings




...one of the finest poets of this century...

...one of America's finest poets...

... one of the poets on whom the future of the genre depends...

...his generation's most gifted and eloquent poets...

...among our finest poets, and still growing...

...the poems stay in the mind, which is the one essential feature of major poetry...

...one of the most distinquished poets of our century...

...recognized and cherished as American's favorite poet...

...a poet of the rarest ability, the kind who comes once or twice a generation...

...one of the finest poets this country has produced in this century...

...one of the greatest lyric poets of all time...

...internationally known poet...

...rises to the occasion of all great poetry...

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