The person who will occupy the position must first redeem it. A certain amount of dignity should be required to follow in the shoes of John Keble, Matthew Arnold, W.H. Auden, Robert Graves, Edmund Blunden, Roy Fuller, John Wain, Peter Levi, Seamus Heaney, James Fenton, Paul Muldoon, and Christopher Ricks.
Although applause would be in order if a talented woman were to hold the position, Paula Claire does little to promote a public perception of female accomplishment.
Geoffrey Hill, on the other hand, is the ideal candidate. Unless Oxford graduates are completely daft, I don't see how they could vote for anyone else.
"Life in Poetry: An Evening with Geoffrey Hill" WBUR (May 14, 2006).
Past Professors of Poetry at Oxford (http://www.oup.com/oxforddnb/info/freeodnb/shelves/professors/).
"Musical Comedy," Geoffrey Hill Zinger (April 2, 2010).
Paula Claire, "Astound" (http://www.ubu.com/sound/konkrete.html).
"A Brief Guide to Concrete Poetry," Academy of American Poets (http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5649).