"At ancient Greek festivals, poets competed alongside athletes, matching verse with quick-tongued rivals in public battles of wit and wordplay. Two millennia later, you find QuickMuse.com , the modern descendant of those ancient Greek poetry jousts. For the past year, QuickMuse has been asking pairs of well-known writers to create poems on a shared topic and posting the results online.
'It's not a competition like a fight to the death,' with clear winners and losers, QuickMuse founder Ken Gordon says. 'It's a competition like a bunch of jazz musicians improvising together and playing different solos.' Gordon calls these contests 'agons,' an ode to the ancient Greek poetry competitions of the same name.
The latest participants in Gordon's experiment are rock musicians with poetry-writing experience: the Silver Jews' David Berman and Crash Test Dummies' Brad Roberts ...."
Above, David Berman. The Silver Jews have a new album coming out later this fall, Children Of The Staircase.