Vote Again: Election Day is Done but 2016 Choice Voting Continues

Goodreads Choice Voting Final Round Underway Until November 27

It’s not too late to vote in one or more of your favorite categories.  Of course, I hope you’ll vote on the Poetry finalists!
Disaster: My Poetry Candidate Didn’t Make the Finals!

I said earlier that my vote for best poetry book this year went to Larry Levis’ The Darkening Trapeze. So I was duly horrified to find this book not in the final round. Tears and wailing ensued…

And then I got down to sorting out my options. I could:

  1. Not vote in the final round. Go home and lick my wounds.
  2. Vote for my second choice candidate.
  3. Reconsider all the candidates in the final round.

I went with #2, and voted for Pablo Neruda’s Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems

The candidates from the first round which remain in this final round are:

Pablo Neruda: Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems

Amanda Lovelace: the princess saves herself in this one

Kwame Alexander: Booked

Robert M. Drake: Beautiful and Damned

Lang Leav: The Universe of Us

Samantha Jayne: Quarter Life Poetry: Poems for the Young, Broke and Hangry 

Sierra DeMulder: Today Means Amen

Added in the intervening round and progressing to the final round are:

Alicia Cook: Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately

J. R. Rogue: La Douleur Exquise

So go vote — 

You even have time to read some of the finalists if you like, and if your preferred candidate also didn’t make it to the finals!


 

GO VOTE–Round 1 of 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards

goodreads Choice Awards 2016

Goodreads Choice Opening Round Voting Ends Nov 6

That’s tomorrow…the Choice Awards for Best Book of 2016 are open and voting goes on NOW.  Having several rounds is a little like having ‘early voting’ right? You can see the categories here

You should check out all the categories, but of course I want you to pay attention to the poetry nominees.

The 2016 poetry nominees are:

Pablo Neruda: Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems

Amanda Lovelace: the princess saves herself in this one

Michael Faudet: Bitter Sweet Love

Sarah Kay: The Type

Kwame Alexander: Booked

Robert M. Drake: Beautiful and Damned

Solmaz Sharif: Look: Poems

Lang Leav: The Universe of Us

Samantha Jayne: Quarter Life Poetry: Powns for the Young, Broke and Hangry 

K. W. Peery: Tales of a Receding Hairline 

Vivek Shraya: even this page is white

Larry Levis: The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems

Sierra DeMulder: Today Means Amen

Ocean Vuong: Night Sky with Exit Wounds

R. H. Sin: Whiskey Words & a Shovel II

Most of the list I’ve heard of and several I’ve read.  Two (Levis and Neruda) I’ve mentioned in prior posts on this blog.

My favorites:

Pablo Neruda: Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems

Kwame Alexander: Booked

Larry Levis: The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems

Ocean Vuong: Night Sky with Exit Wounds

And my vote in the opening round: Levis’ The Darkening Trapeze of course.  But you knew I was biased so probably could have guessed my vote.

If your favorite book of poetry published in the last year isn’t on the list, don’t despair.  The top 5 write-in candidates will show up in the semifinal round along with the top group from the opening round.  After the semifinal round, the top ten appear in the final round of voting.

I Voted in the goodreads Choice Awards 2016
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cover of The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems, by Larry Levis
The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems, by Larry Levis with afterward by David St. John.

The second round opens on November 8–so no matter how you feel about how the US Presidential Election is going, you can come back and cast your vote for each category again in the second round, doing your part to select the Best Books of 2016.

Voting is a Right

Well, Goodreads users have a right to vote in the Choice Awards.  So this might be a good time to set up a Goodreads account, if you don’t have one already.  You can use it as little or as much as you like — participate in groups, post reviews, read others’ reviews, track your books read or your to be read lists.

By the time we’ve all recuperated from the US Election and Thanksgiving weeked (with or without Black Friday shopping) the Choice Awards voting will be finished and new winners crowned. While there’s not much time, there still is a little time for you to review the poetry nominees, maybe head out to the library and check out ones you are interested in.

Looking for poetry recommendations?

Here’s the list of past goodreads Choice Awards winners in poetry, going back to 2010:

2015 Trista Mateer: The Dogs I Have Kissed

2014 Lang Leav: Lullabies

2013 J. R. R. Tolkein: The Fall of Arthur

2012 Mary Oliver: A Thousand Mornings

2011 Billy Collins: Horoscopes for the Dead

2010 Matthew Zapruder: Come On All You Ghosts

Meantime, vote your preference in the Choice Awards, in whichever categories you read.  But hurry up–opening round voting closes soon…

Choice Awards Voting Schedule

Opening Round Nov. 1 – 6
Semifinal Round Nov. 8 – 13
Final Round Nov. 15 – 27