Imagine a dog competition without "Best in Breed" or "Best in Show". Imagine the Olympics without medals. Imagine the NFL without the Superbowl.¹
No-Score sports are fine for kids and adults interested in fun, comraderie and exercise but when it comes to serious spectator sports people want the best or, better yet, to witness the process that determines the best.
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #18|
The problem is that there are few, if any, awards for actual individual poetic efforts. That is, a poem. Not poems and, for God's sake, not poets. One poem. Yes, sales of the winning book do rise, but not enough to show even a modicum of public interest.
After 50 years in which not a single line of verse has been successfully planted in the public consciousness, doesn't it make sense to granularize down to unit size--the size in which people consume poetry?
|Earl the Squirrel's Rule #34|
Even team sports understand the need for personal awards (e.g. Most Valuable Player). Why is poetry, arguably the most solitary of endeavors, the only one that does not honor its best individual products?
¹ - Note that Olympic and NFL organizers have evolved away from other models toward one that produces one champion.
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