Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Fifth Daily Poem Project, Week 6 call for votes

THE FIFTH DAILY POEM PROJECT, WEEK SIX

Here are the poems to vote for in the sixth week of the fifth Daily Poem Project (the poems on Poetry Daily from Monday, March 23, to Sunday, March 29):

March 29: Stacey Lynn Brown, Cradle Song II (Vote only on the first poem)
March 28: Barbara Maloutas, Saline
March 27: Debra Nystrom, Outer Banks
March 26: Lisa Martin-DeMoor, Durum wheat
March 25: Jesse Lee Kercheval, Italy, October
March 24: Lori Wilson, What Blows Ahead
March 23: Peter Campion, Sparrow

HOW TO VOTE: You can send your vote to me by email or as a comment on the blog. If you want to vote by commenting but do not want your vote to appear on the blog, you just have to say so in your comment (I moderate all comments on my blog). I will post comments as they come in.

Please make a final decision and vote for only one poem (although it is always interesting to see people's lists).

Please VOTE BY FRIDAY, APRIL 3! But I will still accept votes as long as I have not posted the final results. (April 5 at the latest.)

The winner of week one was Sherod Santos, Film Noir.
The winner of week two was Edward Field, Cataract op.
The winner of week three was David Bottoms, A Chat with My Father.
The winner of week four was David Schloss, The Myth.
The co-winners of week five were Jason Gray, Letter to the Unconverted, and David Huerta, Before Saying Any of the Great Words (tr. Mark Schafer).

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I found Karcheval's poem "Italy, October" wonderful. I like the image of Italy and the talk about the fruit in the poem.
-Dino

Suz said...

Not to be a curmudgeon, but I didn't reallly like any of these poems. The language in many was unoriginal (spent waves!) as were the observations. I was mostly bored. But since I do not want to abstain, I will vote for "Italy, October." I found it the best of the bunch, with photographic (and not too cliched) description, though, really, another poem about persimmon--or any "exotic" fruit--as a pathway to experience?

Sorry--hope this is not too harsh! Just delete it if it is!

Donald Brown said...

My vote goes to "Durum Wheat," which gets at something I find personally very important, which could be called the sense of poetry itself: "seeing more than is there to be seen." I also give credit, as runner-up, to "Outer Banks" because I like the way it gives a sense of one's fitful awareness of surroundings while reading on a beach, but the rendering is a bit lax at times. As I post this, there are two votes already for "Italy, October," which I don't quite see: travelogue poetry in which a foreign word in a foreign place equates with new experience. I suppose it's the simplicity of that that charms.

Anonymous said...

Campion all the way. The only one that's not prose. Also, gorgeous syntax. And the feeling at the end is deep, beautiful stuff.

Kerry Cohen said...

Voting for Stacey Lynn Brown

Colin Will said...

Stacey Lynn Brown, Cradle Song II.

Katy Loebrich said...

Kercheval - Italy, October.

I really loved Martin-Demoor - Durum Wheat, but the last line of Italy, October won me over.

"Now, who knows? You may speak in tongues." What an apt way to describe the sensation. Wow!

Anonymous said...

Cradle Song II

Anonymous said...

I love Cradle Song, Stacey Brown!!

Tom Abernathy said...

Stacey Lynn Brown.

Michael Listening said...

Ill vote for "Italy, October", because Suz did and I think we're on the same page about this week's poems.

Lola Nova said...

Voting for Stacey Lynn Brown, Cradle Song

John said...

Stacey Lynn Brown, Cradle Song. It reminds me of growing up in rural Georgia.

Anonymous said...

Also voting for Stacey Lynn Brown. Beautiful!

Kelley Curry said...

Cradle Song, which is beautiful although I am now having Vacation Bible School flashbacks.

Anonymous said...

This week my vote goes to
Lisa M-D's 'Durum Wheat'

--dhsh

RC said...

Saline

swiss said...

as with suz i wasn't too fussed about any of these. but i'll go for cradle song anyway

Gabe said...

Nothing blew the top of my head off, but from this selection, I'll go with Outer Banks, with Cradle Song as a close runner-up.

Sorlil said...

Cradle Song

Andrew Shields said...

Many voters seemed less than thrilled by this set of poems; I felt there were several I could have voted for in other weeks (i.e., better than ones I had voted for already). But the one that was clearly best to me was Cradle Song; in fact, when I read it, I thought, "I bet that one will win this week."

Anonymous said...

TB-H says Stacey Brown's Cradle Song rocks!

Andrew Shields said...

TB-H, your vote came in too late, but you'll be happy to hear that that poem won the vote. Keep checking back for further votes, and for the final vote in about six weeks.