- If Geoffrey Hill is elected as the Oxford Professor of Poetry he will receive a £7,000 annual stipend. (If he's interested, he might be able to purchase a raft for the Mississippi River?—Or better yet the Cherwell or the Thames).
- 300,000 Oxford graduates will have a chance to vote for the candidates by internet, over a three-week period that comes to an end, in timely fashion, on June 18.
If Jim were to perform a little voodoo on this question, my guess is that he'd forcast that GH will win. Give this a look:
- Cahal Milmo, "Is this the violent new face of poetry at Oxford? Writer famed for brutality of his verse nominated for prestigious professorship," Independent (March 25, 2010).
- Nicola Woolcock, "Geoffrey Hill nominated Professor of Poetry at Oxford after scandal," Times (March 25, 2010).
- Geoffrey Hill Exchange (Facebook).
- Stephen Moss, "My bid for Oxford poetry glory," Guardian (February 22, 2010).
- Alison Flood, "Contest for Oxford poetry professor begins again," Guardian (February 18, 2010).
- Dave Itzkoff, "After a Cruelest Month, Oxford Resumes Search for Poetry Professor, Arts Beat, Blog, New York Times (February 18, 2010).