Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Fifth Daily Poem Project, Week One


The Daily Poem Project (or "Poetry Idol," as C. Dale Young likes to call it) involves reading the poem on Poetry Daily every day for a week, then voting for the poem you like best. We do this for twelve weeks, and at the end there is a final vote among the twelve winners to determine an overall winner. (For a list of previous winners, see below.)

I'm running the project with two classes this term, but unlike in the third project, where I ran separate votes for the blog and for the class, I will tally all votes together this time (from the classes and from the blog).

Here are the poems to vote for in week one, the first week of the fifth Daily Poem Project (the poems on Poetry Daily from Monday, February 16, to Sunday, February 22):

February 16: Charles Simic, Trees in the Yard
February 17: Tomasz Rózycki, Coral Bay, tr. Mira Rosenthal
February 18: Jacques Réda, Lament of the Old Pole , tr. by Andrew Shields
February 19: Andrew Hudgins, Walking a True Line
February 20: Chard DeNiord, The Woe That Is in Friendship
February 21: Sherod Santos, Film Noir
February 22: T. Alan Broughton, A Midnight Clear

The project will run for twelve weeks, and then the twelve weekly winners will be put together for a final vote.

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, FEBRUARY 27! But I will still accept votes as long as I have not posted the final results. (March 1 at the latest.)

The winners of the previous projects:

1DPP: "The Shout," by Simon Armitage
2DPP: "Fragment," by A. E. Stallings.
3DPP: "Inside the Maze (II, III, and IV)", by Hadara Bar-Nadav (blog vote)
3DPP: "Friends", by Laure-Anne Bosselaar (class vote)
4DPP: "Come to Me, His Blood," by Martha Rhodes


Colin Will said...

Coral Bay - Rozycki

Justin Evans said...

Sherod Santos, Film Noir

Anonymous said...

"Coral Bay." No, "Film Noir." Dang. Okay, "Coral Bay."

Peter said...

Sherod Santos, Film Noir

Anonymous said...

Hudgins' "Walking a True Line"

... is my choice for Week #1 of DP5, but
I had to go to the dictionary before agree-
ing that obeisant was indeed a more potent
word than obedient would have been in its

As much as anything, this is a vote *against*
several of the other poems, which are down-
ers to my ears ... so no matter what their
(other) poetic attributes may be, I would
just as soon NOT (re)read them, thanks
just the same!

-- dhsh

Anonymous said...

Coral Bay

RC said...

Film Noir

Matthew said...

Sherod Santos, Film Noir

swiss said...

much as i was amused by coral bay i thought i'd be striking a blow for the home team by going for jaques reda. however that line about the aphasiac black hole just kept niggling at me so instead i too shall vote for

film noir - sherod santos

Andrew Shields said...

I forgot to post my own vote for Andrew Hudgins, "Walking a True Line." A nice coincidence: both my Mom and I voted for the poem that mentions "Mom." :-)

I liked all of them this week, though, except for one long in the Simic!

Anonymous said...

Reda with Santos and Hudgins tied for second.

Anonymous said...

I was beginning to feel like an outlier of some sort, since there was such a swell of support
for Coral Bay and Film Noir. So now I am glad to hear that Hudgins' "Walking a True Line" is getting at least one vote in addition to mine.

And I'm also glad (she says, allowing a bit of Mom-ness to creep in here) that you and I liked the same poem best this week.

-- dhsh

Suz said...

Coral Bay!!

Marion McCready said...

Coral Bay.

Matt Walker said...

I don't suppose "none of the above" is an option?

Andrew Shields said...

"None of the above" is how you tell me that you want to be kept updated about the project even if you don't want to vote for a poem in a given week!

Rob said...

I'd like to vote for: "A Midnight Clear" ( seems that I'm the only one here who likes this poem... :-(

Gabe said...

I vote for Hudgins. He's definitely one of my current favorites. But The Old Pole was a close second--probably because I read it more closely, knowing it had your hand in it.

Donald Brown said...

Hudgins, mainly for the last two lines which completely surprised me and made me glad I'd read the poem.

Anonymous said...

I'd vote for three of'em, but I'll choose "The Woe That Is in Friendship"

Katy Loebrich said...

Broughton - A Midnight Clear, with Rozycki - Coral Bay as my runner-up.

Liked your translation, too, cuz -- read it when you linked to it the first time. :-)


Beverly said...

I have to cast a 2nd vote for "The Woe..."

Andrew Shields said...

Beverly, thanks for the vote. Unfortunately, it came in too late. I hope you can participate in the next round (and in later rounds!).