William Carlos Williams is spinning in his grave this week – with joy, that is! Joy at the lovely extensions of his poem “This Is Just To Say” that you all (Byromaniacs? Are we going with that? Sure, we’re going with that) came up with. Whole new levels of imagery and nuance and lots of vengeful anger that Williams could only imply with his gluttonous, sneaky plum eating.
If you need a refresher on the original or the variations, zoom back here. So put on your poetry-reading hats, or tunics, or giant banana costumes, whatever outfits you have for poetry appreciation and dig in to these finalists! Then vote below. Because competition, of course, is the essence of poetry.This is just to say I used the last roll of toilet paper So soft Never replaced In the basement Is a new case Napkins left In the rolls place - Fraha * This Is Just to Say I have taped over the NHL playoff game that was in the DVR and which you were probably saving for the weekend Forgive me It was so boring so sleep-inducing and so stupid (and besides, I needed to tape Dancing with the Stars) - Howlin’ Mad Heather * This is just to say I spent the money you were saving for a lawnmower. I am sorry, I know how you coveted that Deere to manicure your lawn But I coveted a manicure, too. - K8edid * This is just to say I thought about what you said I understand you need some space and I’m not angry anymore your stuff is on the lawn the fire is almost out your mom can’t wait to see you and your old room is just the way you left it - Skipping Stones * This is Just to Say… I forgot to unplug the iron like you asked me to. Don’t worry, you can always rebuild. Here’s a $10-off coupon for Motel 6. It will be like a vacation. They have free HBO. - Curly Carly
And there you have them, in all their glory!