Week Seven: Guest Judge Sandra Beasley

Sandra Beasley is the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Joy Harjo and forthcoming from W. W. Norton. Her first collection, Theories of Falling, won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize judged by Marie Howe. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she writes for the Washington Post Magazine and is working on Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, forthcoming from Crown. Click here to visit Sandra’s blog!

NEW: "Change It" by Dolly Parton

As you may or may not know, Dolly Parton wrote all the music for the Broadway musical 9 to 5. As usual with a Broadway production, a cast album has been released—-this is lovely, but I don’t have much of an interest in anyone but Dolly singing songs that she’s written. (You shouldn’t expect anything less from a Dolly fanatic!)

Well, I am happy to say that Dolly recorded one of the songs from the cast album. “Change It” sung by Dolly was released as a single today. Yes, I downloaded it. I’m not completely won over with the song as I was with her single “Better Get to Livin’.” Yes, “Change It” has the ole Dolly charm that Dolly fans love and expect, so I am sure I’ll come to enjoy and love it more and more as I listen to it. And, I’m sure when something crappy or extremely frustrating happens with me, well, I will feel in tune and possibly madly in love with the message in “Change It.”

You may purchse Dolly Parton’s “Change It” on iTunes!

The Double Ds: A ReadWritePoem Column w/ Denise Duhamel

The Double Ds
Want to know more about your favorite poets? In this monthly column, Dustin Brookshire and Denise Duhamel will ask a poet one poetry-related and one non-poetry-related question. Respondents’ answers will surprise and delight you. Look for Marilyn Nelson, Dara Wier, David Trinidad and Patricia Smith as part of this exciting series.

A Statement From The Weekly Project Verse Judges

Project Verse Contestants,

The only rules in print are the rules you agreed to abide by when you applied to participate in Project Verse.

Is the collective work of each contestant important?

One of the prizes of Project Verse is a chapbook deal with two guaranteed book reviews in two fine publications. The poems from the competition will help create and shape the Project Verse winner’s chapbook. YES, the collective work of each poet is extremely important. Just like on Project Runway, especially toward the end of the competition, the body of work throughout the competition becomes more important in determining which of the lowest ranked contestants each week will go home. As we move into the last half of Project Verse, overall performance will play a larger factor in which of two lowest ranked competitors that week goes on permanent caesura. This shouldn’t surprise you.

Keep up the good work,
The Weekly Project Verse Judges

Project Verse ~ Week 7: Pantoum


This week you must a write a pantoum.

You may write on any topic that you desire, but you must do the following:
(1) Have a minimum of 6 stanzas, but 8 is the maximum.
(2) Work in the name of one movie into a line that will be repeated.
(3) Work in the name of one book into a line that will be repeated.

By the way, you may NOT alter the second and fourth lines of your stanzas
when you transition them to first and third lines.

Good luck poets.

Get to writing

Week 6: Results

Beth, Dustin, and Dana were joined by guest judge C. Dale Young for Week 6: Epigraph. Click here to revisit the Week 6 poems.


The easy part of Week 6 was selecting the winner. Congrats, EMILY!

KRISTEN and EMARI , you both made the bottom two this week. One of you received four out of four votes; the other contestant received three out of four votes.

I suppose the decision of who should go on permanent caesura seems simple, well, that is if you go strictly by the numbers; however, it is not a simple decision. The decision was so difficult that the weekly judges had a phone conversation in addition to their usual email correspondence.

KRISTEN, you received the four votes; EMARI , you received three votes.

EMARI , you were in the top for Week 2: Firsts, but you haven’t won a weekly competition. You were in the bottom for the Curveball, so this marks your second time being in the bottom. KRISTEN, this is your first time in the bottom two. In fact, you have won three challenges: Week 3: Simile Vs. Metaphor, the Curveball assignment, and tied for the top spot for Week 5: The Between.

EMARI , when the judges compared your collected work from the competition with KRISTEN’s collected work, well, they didn’t feel your collected work was as strong as KRISTEN’s. Therefore, you are on permanent caesura.

KRISTEN, you have survived elimination because the judges believe your collected work thus far shows great promise. Next week, give us the same caliber of work we’ve seen each week up until Week 5.