Today in Oxford we get the chance to elect our next Professor of Poetry, and voting’s going on between 11am and 4pm in the Divinity School (part of the Old Bodleian building). I’ve voted for Canadian poet Anne Carson (having nominated her and raised a bit of Anne Carson-related consciousness on this blog a while back), and we’ll find out later this afternoon whether she’s pipped Christopher Ricks, who isn’t really a poet at all, to the post. Ricks seems to have most of the English Department behind him, and a lot of other bigwigs, and one should never underestimate the power of the Balliol machine in this kind of election. But this is the kind of election that’s pretty hard to call, and who knows what’s going to happen. I certainly don’t.
UPDATE [7pm]: It’s Ricks.