Vandal Poem of the Day (VPOD) is a public poetry project, which brings relevant contemporary poetry to the University of Idaho and the broader Idaho community. A new poem is published on this website every day during the academic year. Each can be accessed via the use of QR codes, which can be scanned on mobile phones using free QR readers (iTunes QR Reader | Google Play QR Reader), that will be placed around Moscow, Northern Idaho, and the University of Idaho campus.
For the new 2018/19 year, VPOD is excited to feature poets from Poetry Northwest. Founded in 1959 by Errol Pritchard, with Carolyn Kizer, Richard Hugo, Nelson Bentley, and Edith Shiffert, Poetry Northwest is one of the Pacific Northwest’s longest-running poetry-only journals.
2017/18 featured poets from Persea Books, an independent, literary publishing house founded in 1975 by Michael Braziller and Karen Braziller. Additionally, VPOD joined forces with the literary journal Fugue.
2016/17 featured poets from BOA Editions LTD, a not-for-profit publisher based in Rochester, NY.
2015/16 introduced readers to poets published by Copper Canyon Press, a highly acclaimed, not-for-profit press located in Port Townsend, WA.
VPOD encourages people waiting for buses, eating lunch, or otherwise going about their lives, to read a new poem each day on the VPOD website. Further, we hope the poems featured on this site will encourages public conversations about contemporary and enduring topics since the poems are quickly readable, but resonant enough for readers to re-read, think about, and comment on or share using the links at the bottom of each poem.
We operate with these famous lines in mind:
It is difficult
to get the news from poems
yet men die miserably every day
of what is found there.
-from “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”
by William Carlos Williams
Credits and Acknowledgments
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a State-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Idaho Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Fugue Journal directs the project with the assistance of Devin Becker, Evan Williamson and Sarah Van Gundy from the University of Idaho Library. Devin Becker and poet Alexandra Teague initiated the project at the University of Idaho in 2015.
VPOD is based on the successful Aubie’s Poem of the Day project, which Auburn University initiated in 2014 and continues to maintain.Thank you to poet Keetje Kuipers and librarian Jaena Alabi for inviting us to create a new instance of the project, and to Copper Canyon Press, BOA Editions, and Persea Books for permission to use the poems.
Please direct any questions about the site or the project here.