The Poet Laureate on Charlie Rose
Charlie Rose talking with Kay Ryan, poet laureate, and James Billington, librarian of congress.
Billington mentions the great variety in American poetry, and he’s certainly right about that, but then he acts as if the Laureate position has been representing that great variety, especially with his selection of Kay Ryan. He’s wrong. He’s so wrong. He’s so totally wrong.
I don’t want to sit here and criticize this year’s choice (I’m growing bored with myself, and anyway, this is the season for giving), so I’ll just move on to my thesis for the day: Please let next year bring us a really different poet laureate. Maybe whomever is out there whispering in Billington’s ear (now that hopefully Dana Gioia is not doing so) can whisper some more interesting things.
Who would you have be poet laureate next year?
Rae Armantrout would be my choice. (I would put Ashbery forward as well, but I don’t think he’s much for travelling.)