MINI-CHALLENGE: Dewey’s Readathon



And the winner is Katie8laurence!

Congratulations, Katie.  I will try to get in touch with you.

Have you read much poetry lately?  In this mini-challenge, I challenge you to read a poem written by a poet born in October, to celebrate the October setting of the Dewey Readathon. I have listed the birthday followed by poet name and title of poem and a link to read the poem on-line.

Please read one of the following poems and make a comment about which one you read and how you liked it:  I will award ONE person who comments a gift from a bookseller (depending upon your country).  I will contact you and  give you an option (possibly a mug, a book, or a gift certificate).   You can also tweet to me @softclothes and indicat #RATpoem
My selection of a winner might be capriciously random; I cannot award mere speed in poetry reading.  But I will select a winner by 4 PM Dewey’s Time and notify him or her.  Please get in your answers by 3:45 Dewey’s time at the latest.
2. (Oct. 2) Wallace Stevens:  “Bantams in Pine Woods”
3. (Oct. 6)   Edward Hirsch:  “Branch Library”
4. (Oct. 21) Jilly Dybka:  “Carnaval of Souls”
5.  (Oct 27)Sylvia Plath”  Ella Mason and her Eleven Cats”

Author: Gubbinal

Bookish, tea-drinking cat-lady who loves great poetry and music and is in the midst of dying

64 thoughts on “MINI-CHALLENGE: Dewey’s Readathon”

  1. I have wanted to read Keats for so long so of course I chose “To Autumn”. Unfortunately, I was just not very fond of it. But I think it’s because, I’m just not in the mood for it right now. I will therefore certainly read more Keats in the future 🙂


  2. I read Plath’s poem. I’ve always wanted to read some of her poetry. It brought up childhood memories of talking about the “odd” lady that lived at the end of the street, also because she lived alone with quite a few cats.


  3. I read “Ella Mason And Her Eleven Cats”, because I LOVE Sylvia Plath. It was fine, but didn’t really catch my fancy? It seemed to imply regrets on Ella’s part that colored the whole thing with a “men find [blank] a turn-off” tone when I’m more a fan of the “yes. good. where is your off button.” tone.


  4. I read Jilly Dybka’s “Carnival of Souls” because I didn’t recognize the poet’s name. I love how the repeated individual lines seem like they imitate the motion of a roller coaster. It’s a haunting and fleeting image that makes me want to know more and prompts me to speculate, which seems like exactly the goal of writing – to create together, artist and audience. 10/10, thanks for linking the poem!


  5. I read or listened to all of them(love that you can listen to them on the Poetry Foundation site!) and I truly loved Branch Library. It took me right back to the library that I frequented as a kid. Good memories.
    I also liked the Carnaval of Souls because I could see it so clearly in my mind.
    Fun challenge! Thanks:)


  6. I chose Jilly Dybka’s “Carnaval of Souls.” I was expecting something creepy and Halloween-ish, but it was a much more lonely, mundane picture of a woman riding a roller coaster alone while everyone else looks for shelter. Is the “Carnaval of Souls” referring to all the people who are fleeing the carnival because of the rain???? Pretty interesting and the “bird-like woman” is very mysterious.


  7. I decided to read “Carnaval of Souls” because it is a new one to me. I’m not a huge poetry fan but I have a few of my favorites. I love that while it’s simple it still tells a detailed story. I honestly liked it and plan to look up more by the author.
    Great challenge.


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