Ed’s Top Ten Favorite March Madness Poetry 2012 Poems: #3

We’re now just THREE days away from the start of March Madness Poetry 2013!

Continuing my one-a-day posting of my Top Ten favorite poems from #MMPoetry 2012 … today we’ll look up into the trees to find Suz Blackaby’s poem prompted by her 9-seed word “exclusive” in the fourth round:

9-exclusive
For the Birds
by Suz Blackaby

A crowning kingdom in a tree
Is home to denizens den-free,
An exclusive nesting site
Located at a dizzy height.

Though sundry cups and hollowed holes
May house frogs, bats, rats, mice, or voles,
Birds dominate the panoply
Of creatures in the canopy.

Bough to bough they frisk and bounce,
Tip and stipple, hop and pounce,
Launch and circle, soar and wheel,
Chirp and chitter, perch and peal—

The daily celebration
Of a flighty population.


This poem captured 60% of the vote in its matchup and earned Suz a spot in the Final Four, a much deserved position for the authlete who contributed perhaps the most consistently excellent display of poetry throughout the event. She has a style all her own, and I look forward to reading more of her work this year, though she’ll be challenged a bit more as the 14-seed in the Empathy bracket rather than nesting cozily with another 9-seed like last year. Click here to see this poem as it originally appeared in #MMPoetry 2012.

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  • Marcus Ewert

    Beautiful poem!
    I shudder at the thought of competing this year, & trying to come up with such gems on the fly!

  • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

    Seriously, this poem crosses the line into the “absurdly good”.

    Which makes you wonder what the other two are that I haven’t mentioned yet …

  • http://www.NoWaterRiver.com Renee LaTulippe (@ReneeMLaTulippe)

    I have to agree with you – I loved all of Suz’s poems last year. A unique voice indeed.

  • Marcus Ewert

    Is there anyway to have all the poems by a given author easily searchable?
    It would be cool to click on an authlete’s name and see all their entries!

    Come on, Ed, I KNOW you need more to do right now!

    • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

      I don’t have them all indexed, but that is something I plan to do after this year’s event is over. In the meantime, the search box in the upper right corner works well enough. For example, type is “Suz Blackaby” and you’ll find links to all five of her poems from last year, with not too much else in your way.

  • Marcus Ewert

    One day soon I will learn to relax and trust the infrastructures you already have in place!
    What can I say? I’m jacked up on adrenaline, man!

  • Marcus Ewert

    Now- if I can just find out how to personalize my avatar image?

    Marcus Ewert: high-maintenance, or luddite? Or high-maintenance luddite?

  • Marcus Ewert

    You are too good to me!

  • Marcus Ewert

    Gah! It’s still not working!

  • http://www.quinettecook.com Quinette Cook

    I am shuddering too, Marcus, but it’s not because of the Minnesota snow and cold. Did you mean to be punny in your first comment? If so, well played.

  • Marcus Ewert

    I didn’t mean to pun, dear Quinette, though I noticed its occurrence – and TACTFULLY declined to comment.
    Discretion being the better part of you know what…

  • http://www.poemfarm.amylv.com Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

    Oh, I loved this one. Suz is a delight. I was so pleased to “meet” her last year here! Two of these poets you have revisited also shared peeks inside of their notebooks at my notebook site. (I usually don’t press my own blogs, but fans would be very interested in these posts!)

    See Mary Lee Hahn’s notebooks here –
    http://www.sharingournotebooks.amylv.com/2012/11/mary-lee-hahn-following-idea.html

    See Suz Blackaby’s notebooks here – http://www.sharingournotebooks.amylv.com/2012/04/suz-blackaby-please-pass-napkins.html

    a.

    • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

      Thanks, Amy.

      Everyone else: If you’ve not seen Amy’s Sharing Our Notebooks site, you must check it out. And be sure to look up the Allan Wolf post while you’re there, too!

  • http://www.robynhoodblack.com Robyn Hood Black

    Another great post/poem! Thanks, Suz, for writing, and Ed, for sharing. (I told Matt I’m going to sleep with a thesaurus under my pillow this weekend…!)

  • Carrie Finison

    Hm, thesaurus under the pillow. Now THAT is a good idea.

    I do love this poem. I’ve been reading all the poems from last year, but somehow missed this one, so I’m glad you shared it. I’m VERY curious which ones you chose for the #2 and #1 slots. There are so many good ones!

  • Suz B

    Hey there! Thanks, thanks, thanks! I’m looking forward to that little kick of adrenalin plus chocolate that fans the flame! And really, Ed? 14th seed? Don’t make me laugh. Are you forgetting “pusillanimous”? Two words, pal. Bring. It.

  • http://readingyear.blogspot.com Mary Lee

    Yeah, I had forgotten about this gem. A perfect sonnet in 36 hours. Hm…inspired, or petrified? A little of both.

  • http://motherstreusel.com/ Mother Streusel

    This is so good! Wow. She is an amazing poet. Reminds me of a playful Shakespearian sonnet.