Poetry Video Competition

We know what you’re thinking: Yeah, so those Diesel chumps have posted a poetry video every day for the month of April. So what? What have those videos really done for ME…aside from move me and inspire me and awe me down to my very soul? Sure, that’s nice and all, but where’s the tangible benefit, dudes?

Good, if slightly rude, question, entirely made up reader! And here’s the answer: if you review (or check out for the first time) all our videos and vote for your favorite, you could win a fun and exciting prize! That’s right: comment here (or email Anna at anna@dieselbookstore.com) with your pick for the best poetry video of the month—and even better, the reason why you liked it—and you’ll be entered into the drawing to win. We’ll unveil the winner—and the winning video—here on the blog in May. How’s that for poetic justice?

Hmm, we wonder if today’s selection could be the one? It’s Geo in Brentwood reading Jorge Luis Borges‘ “James Joyce“:

So check out the full archive of videos and comment with your vote!


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11 responses to “Poetry Video Competition

  1. siria

    My vote is for Anna’s reading of ‘This Be the Verse’—it’s one of my favourite, feistiest poems 🙂

  2. Kat

    my vote is for Emily Dickinson: Because I could Not Stop for Death!

    • trinityofone

      Hey, sorry for the delay, but you’re our winner! Gimme a shout at annaATdieselbookstoreDOTcom so we can figure out how to send your prize to you! Thanks so much for entering!

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  6. The Urchins

    Got to vote for Lake of Innisfree by Yeats. There are some things I just can’t help!

    – Margaret

  7. The Urchins

    I loved It Is Windy and Soon Will Rain. The poem evokes such emotion, which the video compliments perfectly. Wonderfully read by the author. Vote! -Sarah

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  9. wychwood

    So many of these were interesting – and new to me! I liked “The Diver’s Clothes” a lot, and “Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock”, and the unsettling imagery of “Child Light” (the juxtaposition of youth and horror is very effective), and the sulky teenage self-awareness of “Pool #13”; Blake’s arguments in “Milton” are interesting if kind of wacky (which is pretty much Blake all over, I suppose).

    But in the end I have to go with an old favourite: “The Second Coming” by WB Yeats. The imagery of the world falling to pieces, the horrible revelation in the desert, and just the whole atmosphere of the poem are amazing – and so many gorgeous phrases, too: things fall apart, the centre cannot hold.

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