Thursday, January 11, 2007

Best of the Net 2006

Poems published online and judged by Paul Guest to be Best of the Net 2006.

5 comments:

Rob said...

Best of the Net? It looks like North America 20 Rest of the World 0 to me.

That said, the idea of bringing good writers and webzines to the attention of the USA print poetry world is good. But as a neutral outsider, I've got to say that of the 8 poems I've read so far, none of them struck me as particularly worthy of note. They were OK, the kind of poetry I'd expect to read on opening an average-quality magazine at random.

Jee Leong Koh said...

Hi Rob,
yes, the compilation is very American-centric. I have not read the other poems, but the winning poem I enjoyed.

Jee

Rob said...

I must have missed something, Jee. I don't see any winner.

Jee Leong Koh said...

Hi Rob,
sorry for the confusion. I thought there was one winning poem, but I was wrong. The poem I enjoyed is David Graham's "Against God," the first poem on the list.

Jee Leong

Rob said...

Yes, that one is better than any of the others I read. But generally I'm unimpressed and I think the Pulitzer judges etc. will have their prejudices against the net confirmed rather than challenged if the ones I've read are representative.