Poet Lariat

The New York Times reports this morning that Donal Hall will be the successor of Ted Kooser as US Poet Laureate. Here are the opening paras of the article which you can read in full here:

Outspoken New Englander Is New Poet Laureate

The head of the Library of Congress is to name Donald Hall, a writer whose deceptively simple language builds on images of the New England landscape, as the nation’s 14th poet laureate today.

Mr. Hall, a poet in the distinctive American tradition of Robert Frost, has also been a harsh critic of the religious right’s influence on government arts policy. And as a member of the advisory council of the National Endowment for the Arts during the administration of George H. W. Bush, he referred to those he thought were interfering with arts grants as “bullies and art bashers.”

He will succeed Ted Kooser, the Nebraskan who has been the poet laureate since 2004.

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  1. Billy Jones says:

    To be the poet lariat
    a quest for which I hope,
    but can somebody tell me
    why do I need a rope?

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