Here are the poems to vote for in the twelfth and final week of the fifth Daily Poem Project (the poems on Poetry Daily from Monday, May 4, to Sunday, May 10):
May 10: Esther Jansma, The Word for Lion (tr. Francis R. Jones)
May 9: Malcolm de Chazal, Translations from Poèmes (tr. Karina Borowicz and Ben Admussen)
May 8: Cleopatra Mathis, Survival: A Guide
May 7: Kim Addonizio, Storm Catechism
May 6: Jennifer Grotz, Landscape with Arson
May 5: Carl Dennis, Disgust
May 4: Michael Hofmann, Family Holidays
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. (If you want to vote anonymously on the blog, please sign your vote with some sort of pseudonym, so that I can keep track of the various anonymous voters more clearly.)
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, MAY 15! But you can still vote as long as I have not posted the results, which I will do by Sunday, May 17, at the latest. When I post the results of week 12, I will also post the call for votes for the final round, with all the winners (and co-winners) of the twelve weeks.
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).
The winner of week six was Stacey Lynn Brown, Cradle Song II.
The winner of week seven was Jack Gilbert, Not Easily.
The winner of week eight was Hester Knibbe, Lava and Sand (tr. Jacquelyn Pope).
The winner of week nine was Louis Simpson, Ishi
The winner of week ten was Andrew Hudgins, The Cow.
The winner of week eleven was Christian Wiman, Sitting Down to Breakfast Alone.
Hm. None of these really grabbed me in their entirety, although there were some nice moments. So a meh-ish vote from me for "Disgust."
Michael Hofmann. I thought his images were the most precise and vivid, and he had the most control, out of all these poets, over the language. But I also liked some of the Poemes translation and the second half of the lion poem. I agree with previous comment that there were a lot of nice moments in some of these poems, but didn't keep it up in their entirety.
I'm voting for Jennifer Grotz, Landscape with Arson. I read it during the week and loved it.
May 7: Kim Addonizio, Storm Catechism. Wow. Fun poem!
I thought there were some great pieces this week. I'd say Landscape with Arson takes it for me. (Addonizio would be a close 2nd with Mathis in 3rd).
Nothing moves me this week. I'll abstain.
Grotz - Landscape with Arson
runner-up Addonizio - Storm Catechism
it was close, both were really good IMHO
This week my vote goes to
Cleopatra Mathis, for her
poem, Survival: A Guide
... partly because one of my
favorite writers, Reynolds Price,
has also written beautifully about
the heron-muse who is HIS near
neighbor in the North Carolina
I also very much liked Kim Addo-
nizio's poem, Storm Catechism.
I am a sucker for the single-shot-type images found in Malcolm de Chazal. They were good air to breathe: my vote. At some point in almost all the other poems I said to myself "belabored" and lost interest. Except "Landscape with Arson", my #2 pic, which seemed to combine frame scene with vision-memory quite effortlessly.
I found something to like in all these poems, but wasn't crazy about any of them in a 'best' sense. I do think the Grotz poem goes haywire after "he fled" and that the Addonizio poem, while a lot of fun, is a bit too scattered. Otherwise, have no real demerits to speak of. I did like "Disgust" a lot for what it said, but wasn't all that enchanted with its language. The heron poem, very nice and vivid. But will go with "The Word for Lion" because of 'stomach of earth' mainly.
Once again, I'm unmoved--some of these suggest other poems, and fall short in the comparison--Levine's "They Feed They Lion," or Roethke's "The Heron." My half-hearted vote goes to "Landscape with Arson."
I just re-read Disgust, by Carl Dennis, and want to give it an "honorable mention" ...
Anyone who can connect the prophet Amos and the contemporary locavore movement with such skill (and disgust!) fully deserves my/our attention :D))
I found these more interesting than many of the other readers did, and settled on Grosz, with Addonizio, Hofmann, and Dennis close behind.
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