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Poetry Party Games

January 11, 2009

An often overlooked, yet signature trait of the Vowel Movers Collective is our ability to organize party games.  Among our crucial party-planning tools is the  inimitable: Party Games: 100 Fun, Flirtatious and Boozy Games.  We’ve been the stars of many a McDowell Colony Gathering and AWP Hotel After After Party, thanks to the sexy & serious games included herein.  Grab some booze and someone to flirt with and try out this matching game.  All you have to do is match all the poets, critics, or schools of poetry with their reviews….

1. Emily Dickinson
2. Ted Berrigan
3. Hart Crane
4. John Ashbery
5. Allen Ginsberg
6. Donald Justice
7. Marjorie Welish
8. Language Poetry
9. Marianne Moore
10. Galway Kinnell
11. Laura Riding
12. The New Formalism
13. August Kleinzahler
14. Jack Spicer
15. Gertrude Stein
16. Ezra Pound
17. Lawrence Ferlinghetti
18. Helen Vendler
19. Sharon Olds
20. Charles Olson
21. Dana Gioia
22. Anne Waldman
23. Frank O’Hara
24. Jack Kerouac
25. Gary Snyder
26. Paul Blackburn

A. Badda bing, badda boom.
B. Does a bear shit in the woods?
C. And if not, not.
D. My typewriter is bigger than your typewriter.
E. Big man, small town.
F. A little more uncertainty, please.
G. The well-hung muse.
H. Rebel angels, measured heaven.
I. I think I’ll write a dictionary.
J. Stiff shirt in a sad closet.
K. There’s no such thing as post-publication.
L. Unsettled by the name Oil Can Boyd.
M. I do not think it will signify to me.
N. Shyness unrequited
O. Nearing the non-ending.
P. Daring as never before.
Q. What price salience?
R. Not waving but drowning
S. Admiral and existentialist.
T. Let me recite you a ballad.
U. Is there sex in this class?
V. I’ve stopped being Theirs –
W. The emperor’s old clothes.
X. Accidents are not itineraries.
Y. Spare hanger in a bone closet.
Z. How strange to be gone in a minute.

SIKE, as in full disclosure: the above reviews are from Paul Hoover’s blog.  We still think they are mad sexy.

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