Our New Poet Laureate

August 27th, 2007 at 4:34 am

This guy is now our Poet Laureate:

What? You missed the changeover?

It’s true. Our Poet Laureate is no longer Donald Hall.

What? You missed that too?

Well, I rather like poetry. It’s an audacious and absurd undertaking. One to be admired, respected, and treated with the utmost caution; like the wild beast it is.

The New York Times calls this new Poet Laureate, Charles Simic, “a surrealist with a dark view…a writer who juxtaposes dark imagery with ironic humor.” And that’s probably true. Who am I to argue with The Times?

But he also has an entirely cute and wonderful poem called “Watermelons” that goes something like this:

Green Buddhas
On the fruit stand.
We eat the smile
And spit out the teeth.

And Mr. Simic has written that, “Awe is my religion, and mystery is its church.”

So I’m liking him already, but Simic has yet to decide what specifically to do with his tenure. But let’s hope it has a lot to do with surrealism, dark imagery, ironic humor, and awe-as-religion.

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