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Poetry Madness 2014 is over!

The Second Annual Best Poet of All Time is...

Elizabeth Bishop

In the Championship Round Louise Glück took on Elizabeth Bishop. Though previously undefeated, Ms. Glück proved unable to match the power of Bishop's poesis. In the words of our commentator, Emily Dickinson:

Our month of poetry—
Is done and gone—
Was rough sometimes—
But mostly fun

When Glück lost out—
She was bereft—
She grabbed her umlaut—
And promptly left

Ms. Bishop, though—
With valiant grin—
Said, look at that i—
In the word win

    Sale: In honor of Elizabeth Bishop's victory, we're offering her collected poems at 30% off the regular price.

by Elizabeth Bishop

"[T]he most loving treatment of [Bishop's] poetic output, the best place to start and perhaps all one needs in the end." – Publishers Weekly

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What's Poetry Madness?

Last April (2013) at Powell's, we pitted 64 poets against one another in a Tina Turner-style cage match to determine The Best Poet of All Time. As you'd expect, it wasn't pretty. Poets from all eras and every corner of the globe arrived armed with their meaty metaphors and their monster rhymes, ready to whoop some poet butt. But the most dangerous weapon of all? The dash. Our victor in the epic battle known as Poetry Madness was, of course, Ms. Emily Dickinson.

Since a woman defeated all comers last year, we decided to up the ante. In conjunction with #readwomen2014, this year's Poetry Madness featured only female poets. To keep it fair, our reigning champion, Ms. Emily Dickinson, sat this one out and acted instead as moderator of the event.

Note: View last year's bracket here.
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