Posts Tagged: Poet Laureate

Literature as Expression, Exchange, and Peace

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Everything make sense if you’re an artist. At the Dallas Observer, Caroline North exchanged a few words with current US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who is kicking off his second term with a book tour and several forthcoming projects, including The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon, a series of coloring books written by and for […]

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Poet Laureate Grew Up a Migrant Worker, Seeing Poetry All Around Him

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Those are some deep landscapes of mountains and grape fields and barns and tractors; families gathering at night to have little celebrations in the mountains and aquamarine lakes way down below. So, see, all that is like living in literature every day. Juan Felipe Herrera, who became the new US poet laureate on Tuesday, talks […]

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Larkin’s Social Anxiety

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Philip Larkin disliked literary parties. He also disliked giving lectures. His general dislike of public and social events led the British poet to push back against attempts to nominate him for a prestigious Oxford professorship. He also turned down the poet laureateship in 1984. Larkin didn’t consider himself appropriate for the position, reports the Guardian, citing letters […]

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Official Bards for the Bay State

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All but six US states have official Poet Laureates; the Massachusetts House of Representatives is poised to cut that number down to five. Although many individual cities appoint poets to these literary ambassador positions, the larger Commonwealth has never passed a bill delineating a process for choosing a statewide laureate. As the Boston Globe reports, […]

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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Happy Saturday everyone. So Missouri Governor Jay Nixon wants a Poet Laureate for the state who doesn’t have anything in his or her background that might embarrass him. I take it he doesn’t know many poets. Connecticut is looking for a Poet Laureate too. No word on embarrassment restrictions. Did you miss the off-site MLA […]

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Poetic Lives Online: Links by Brian Spears

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Poetry is good for your face, but you need to make sure you rub it all the way in. Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog, is having some problems with commenters. I wonder why we don’t? Steven Fama has a few choice words for the Pulitzer Committee. John Ashbery on the importance of poetry: “Its beauty […]

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