Here at PoFest central, we are busily concocting ways for poets to realize their dreams of superstardom. We have unilaterally decided that performing at PoFest 2009 will make you more famous than Ted Nugent, and slightly less famous than Michael Ignatieff. One thing is certain: your words alone will carry you to the heights / depths that you desire.

A few things to note:

  1. We’ve posted a preliminary schedule. You can check it out here if you are so inclined. A lot of i’s to cross and t’s to dot, but she’s well on her way.
  2. Headliners! Yes! We’ve booked a decent array of talent for this years fest and you can check their mugshots and biographical treatises here. I know what you’re thinking. We promised Cohen. We did. We shouldn’t have promised Cohen. More headliners will be added as time goes on.
  3. Event Signup. Warm up your keyfingers because it’s almost time to signup for PoFest 2009. It seems like only yesterday that we kicked it out in PoFest ’08. Well, that time has come again. Signup starts on February 7, 2009. Keep your eyes peeled.

It’s Superbowl Sunday and the hype is nearly unbearable. Our advice is to forgo the game entirely (with the exception of Springsteen’s sure to be excellent half time show) and read some verse. I can’t think of any Football poetry off the top of my head, but you could take a gander at Randall Maggs’s The Sawchuck Poems, (available here) which is a damn fine read for all sports-type poets. Oh yeah, it’s about hockey. Kind of. It’s really about the troubled human spirit … but isn’t all poetry about that?

See you soon.