Saturday, June 19, 2010

Geoffrey Hill is the 44th Oxford Professor of Poetry

Some people have felt that Geoffrey Hill and Barack Obama shared something special... and now we know what it is: both are NUMBER 44. Relieved that Barack Obama has not been named to the 44th Oxford Poetry Professorship, the Boston Globe chose to make the announcement about Hill's victory in an article entitled "In Ted's Honor" which speaks first of a commemorative breakfast for Ted Kennedy. The same article eventually notes that because Geoffrey Hill and Christopher Ricks have held the position of Oxford Professor of Poetry, "Boston University rules the world — the poetry world, at least." Boston Globe (June 19, 2010).

See also:
Geoffrey Hill Zinger (June 18, 2010).
Stephen Moss, "My run for Oxford professor of poetry was crushed by viral campaign — and a distinguished rival," Guardian (June 18, 2010).