Hello, and welcome to the Anthology Thread for the Feb. 2010 edition of the Straight Dope Message Board Poetry Sweatshop. (The logistics thread may be found here.) This thread will be posted at 5 PM, Pacific Standard Time, and as of the posting, any interested poets will have one hour to write a poem - any length, any form, any rhyme scheme (or none) - but the poem must include the following three words -
Please e-mail your completed poem to sdmbpoetrysweatshop at gmail dot com. At 6 PM, Pacific Standard Time, a poll will be established, and readers will have one week to vote for their favourite poem in the anthology. At the end of the week, the author will be acclaimed Poet Laureate of the Straight Dope Message Board.
I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage all readers to vote in the poll - although the poems are once again first class, and choosing will be difficult, voting is a crucial source of positive feedback for all the poets. It will be a secret poll, so no one need know how you voted. As an experiment, this poll will have only the title and reply number - the poet’s user names will be in spoiler boxes, and only in the thread.
I must once again state - because all of the poems received thus far will be posted under my user name, it may appear that I am trying to claim credit for all of them. Only one of these poems has been written by me; I have neither the talent nor the versatility displayed in this collection.
Please - read, enjoy, savour! There are some truly great poems here. Then please vote for whichever poem resonates most with you.