Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Sixth Daily Poem Project, Week Three Call for Votes


Here are the poems to vote for in the third week of the sixth Daily Poem Project (the poems on Poetry Daily from Monday, March 15, to Sunday, March 21):

March 21: Isis Unveiled, by Edward Hirsch (vote only on the first poem)
March 20: Waiting on Judgment in Prison, Regretting, by Hŏ Kyun, tr. Ian Haight and T'ae-yŏng Hŏ (vote only on the first poem)
March 19: Personal Estates, by Sandra McPherson
March 18: Vandals, by Jennifer Boyden
March 17: To a Jornalero Cleaning Out My Neighbor’s Garage, by Eduardo C. Corral
March 16: Little Diary of Getting Old: viii, by Carlo Betocchi, tr. Geoffrey Brock
March 15: Watchful, by Bob Hicok

HOW TO VOTE: You can send your vote to me by email or as a comment on the blog (or as a comment to my Facebook link to this call for votes). 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). If you want to vote anonymously, that's okay, but please choose some sort of pseudonym so I can keep track of different votes by anonymous voters. 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, MARCH 26! But I will still accept votes as long as I have not posted the final results. (March 28 at the latest.)

Feel free to pass on this call for votes to anyone who might be interested!

The winner of week one was Trick, by Sam Willetts.
The winner of week two was Ecclesiastes, by Khaled Mattawa.


l_m said...


Arnaud said...

Waiting on Judgment in Prison, Regretting, by Hŏ Kyun.

Ossian said...

Little Diary of Getting Old

RC said...

Eduardo C. Corral

Kelli Russell Agodon - Book of Kells said...

Eduardo C. Corral

Katy Loebrich said...

Well, so far my batting average is about the same as previous years, in that I seem to like the poems no one else does (or few others do).

This week, I expected to like Hicok - after all, his stuff has been so good before - but I found him too heavy-handed this time around.

While I loved the lines:
philanderers bore the book channel.
How revealing.
From McPherson's "Personal Estates," the rest of it didn't resonate with me.

Edward Hirsch's "Isis Unveiled" was a close runner-up, but the one that leapt off the page & had me saying "I like that" right out loud in my living room was Jennifer Boyden's "Vandals." I love the barely contained vitriol & anger beneath the calm words. Striking. She gets my vote this week.

M said...

Isis Unveiled, by Edward Hirsch

swiss said...

ho kyun by a country mile. after four hundred years! i think so.

i liked corral and bettochi also

awyn said...

Jennifer Boyden's "Vandals". Powerful images simply stated, with immediate impact on the reader.

Marion McCready said...

I adore that last image in Isis Unveiled but it's Vandals for me - an amazing poem.

Gabe said...

I liked Hirsch, Corral, and Hicok. Boyden, too, though she lost me at the end. Tough call, but I'll go with Hicok

Andrew Shields said...

Here's my vote, finally: "Little Diary of Getting Old."

In my notes to the poems, I had written down "Watchful" and "Vandals" as well, but I prefer the restraint of Betocchi to the drama of Boyden, and while I enjoyed reading the Hicok, I found that I did not want to re-read it.

The Hirsch was also very good, but I found the setup in the first six stanzas clumsy.