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April 08, 2008

Poetry On The Fly

Poetry purists may be wondering just what this Quickmuse.com is, and what it has done to make Shakespeare so mad (see column left).

As I mentioned earlier, we'll be teaming up with them again this year to put some of our poets to the test and watch their creative muses at work. For those of you who weren't able to make it out to our live Quickmuse last year, here's a description of the site and its goals by creator Ken Gordon:

QuickMuse is a cutting contest, a linguistic jam session, a series of on-the-fly compositions in which some great poets riff away on a randomly picked subject. It's an experiment, QuickMuse, to see if first thoughts are indeed the best ones.

You can check out their entire archive here, and be sure to check out efforts by Robert Pinksy, Paul Muldoon, and FSG's own Jonathan Galassi.

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