It wasn't easy. But somehow we managed to select five exquisite works of poetry that stood out amongst the fierce competition.
Morgan VanFleet from Portland, who submitted #7, won points for suggesting that a door might be hitting a certain someone in the ass on his way out, and Daniel Robinson from Boring, OR, impressed us with extraordinary poetry prowess — expertly rhyming "cattle" with "battle" in entry #8. Bravo, Daniel. Bravo.
Marsha Ableman from Beaverton, OR, caught our attention in #20 with a direct plea for the tickets, which is straightforward. We like that, Marsha. Lucie Thomas quickly confirmed our suspicions that she was worthy when she told us in her email that she'd be trekking all the way from Rio Rico, AZ, to see Trillin. (She also used the word "alarm-a" in her entry, which we found utterly charming.) And Geoff Richman of Portland managed to drop the name of every musical performer associated with the Inauguration in his entry, #25. Touché, Geoff.
Well done, all! As you can see, there are quite a few talented rhyme-smiths in our midst. Thanks to everyone who shared a poem, and don't let us stand in your way — tickets to see the great Calvin Trillin can still be purchased through Portland Arts & Lectures. (Please note that the event will now be held at the Newmark Theatre, located at 1111 SW Broadway, PDX.)
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