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Michael Horovitz joins Oxford poetry professorship race

30th April 2010

Beat poet and musician Michael Horovitz has promised to mix up the University of Oxford professor of poetry's role if he wins the position 'by a fluke'.

The writer, who is also the publisher of literary magazine New Departures, told the Guardian that he intends to open up the discussion about the links between poetry, music and the visual arts.

'I would hope to shake things up - not in a negative, destructive way but in a truly Shakespearean way, restoring the authority of poetry in one of the great centres of culture,' he added.

Horovitz, who has won support for the professorship from politician Tony Benn, has joined the shortlist for the prestigious position days before nominations close on May 5th.

Other candidates for the Oxford poetry professorship, which was first held by Joseph Trapp from 1707 to 1718, include Geoffrey Hill, Sean Haldane, Paula Claire and the Guardian's Stephen Moss.

According to the newspaper, Hill is the favourite to receive the post as the Hawthornden Prize winner has been backed by 49 serving Oxford dons.

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