Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Fourth Daily Poem Project, Week Nine


Here are the poems to vote for in week nine of my fourth Daily Poem Project (the poems on Poetry Daily from Monday, April 14, to Sunday, April 20):

57. Siamo a la Frutta, by Sidney Wade
58. Once, by Michael O'Brien (vote on only the first poem)
59. Milledgeville Aubade 1831, by Sean Hill (vote on only the first poem)
60. Her Body Like a Lantern Next to Me, by John Rybicki
61. Beginning and Ending with Birdcall, by Joanna Goodman
62. Pyramid of the Sun, by Jay Rogoff
63. please advise stop [sun setting so quickly...], by Rusty Morrison

This is the ninth week of twelve weeks, at the end of which the twelve winners will be put together for a final vote.

HOW TO VOTE: Please vote for only ONE poem. 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). (If you read this on Facebook, please vote on my blog and not as a comment on Facebook.) I will post comments as they come in (unless you tell me not to post the comment, of course).

You may vote by the title, the author's name, or the number of the poem in the list above. Please make a final decision and vote for only one poem (although it is always interesting to see people's lists).

Please VOTE BY SATURDAY, April 25! But I will still accept votes as long as I have not posted the final results, which I will do on April 26. If you would like to receive an email announcing the posting of the results, make sure to get me your email address somehow (if it is not available through your blogger profile or the like, say).

The winner of week 1 was Alison Brackenbury's "Edward Thomas's daughter."
The winner of week 2 was Martha Zweig's "Overturn."
The winner of week 3 was B. T. Shaw's "We End, Like Galileo."
The winner of week 4 was Damian Walford Davies's "Plague."
The winner of week 5 was Mary Jo Salter's "Point of View."
The winner of week 6 was Bill Zavatsky's "Ode to the Maker of Odes."
The winner of week 7 was Marie Howe's "The Star Market."
The winner of week 8 was Adam Zagajewski's "In a Little Apartment," translated by Clare Cavanagh


Colin Will said...

I liked Sean Hill and Jay Rogoff, but my vote goes to John Rybicki. Powerful.

swiss said...


Anonymous said...

59, 60, 61 ... which shall I choose?
I'll let you know later in the week,
after re-reading(s).

-- dhsh

hebegeebee said...

i pick Sidney Wade's pom(m)e...

Katy Loebrich said...

Oof. This is a tough batch.

I had such high hopes for "please advise stop" because the idea was so cool, but I don't think it managed what I wanted & hoped it would.

"Her Body Like a Lantern" is brilliant, but exactly what you'd expect it to be. It is SO hard, however, to argue with the gorgeous:

There's nothing poetic about this.
I have one oar that hangs

from our bedroom window,
and I am rowing our hut
in the same desperate circle.

What a fabulous image! & the last line is a doozy. But it tugs at your heart in exactly the way you'd expect it to. I know, I know: *my* poems are cliche, so I have no room to talk.

Nonetheless, I am going to vote for "Siamo a la Frutta" by Sidney Wade just because it is "different" & doesn't do what you'd expect it to do.

Thanks for listening to my two cents!

Anonymous said...

My first choice is John Rybicki's
Her Body Like a Lantern ...
(for the urgency of its emotion and
the unexpectedness of some of its

My second choice is Sean Hill's
Milledgeville 1831 ...
(for the way it personalizes something I've
usually thought about only 'in the large')

My third choice is Joanna Goodman's
Beginning & Ending with Birdcall
(for its sounds, and for making the
connection to fear)

-- dhsh

Marion McCready said...

Sidney Wade

Dave King said...

Tough, but I plump for Midgeville Aubade 1831. A goodly selection. Shame it has to end sometime!

Donald Brown said...

Joanna Goodman, with second place to John Rybicki, though I'd like it better if the poem began with the third section -- the opening seems a bit cloying to me.

Andrew Shields said...

I'm going to go with Sean Hill's "Milledgeville Aubade 1831," for its wonderfully subtle "before the rebellion" atmosphere.