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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

New National Poet Laureate

Head wordy fella

And so it's the personable curmudgeon Philip Levine as our new poet laureate.

A "working man" because he grew up in Detroit. A "common" man because he isn't an elite New Yorker.

I happen to like his poems. A lot. But there is a certain cynicism attached to the decision to offer up a "commoner" to the people, when the middle class is under such pressure.

At least that would be the case if anyone really cared- except a handful of poets sprinkled across the country.

Another drop in the ocean, A sweet one.

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