17 August 2004

New Poet Laureate

Ted Kooser has been appointed the new Poet Laureate of the US.

I particularly like "Flying at Night:"

Above us, stars. Beneath us, constellations.
Five billion miles away, a galaxy dies
like a snowflake falling on water. Below us,
some farmer, feeling the chill of that distant death,
snaps on his yard light, drawing his sheds and barn
back into the little system of his care.
All night, the cities, like shimmering novas,
tug with bright streets at lonely lights like his.

Now, if only having lots of good poet laureates lately would help our nation to love poetry again... (To be fair, though, Billy Collins did his damnedest.)

(I realize that LOC will not consult me, but don'tcha think Nikki Giovanni would be a good next choice?)

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