Tuesday, December 19, 2006

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December 20: Poet Laureate Anniversary
President Ronald Reagan signed legislation for the Librarian of Congress

to appoint a Poet Laureate of the United States. Donald Hall is the current
Poet Laureate.

California was the first state to appoint a poet laureate. The State Poet
Laureate is appointed by the Governor for a two-year term. Al Young,
the current Poet Laureate, was appointed on May 12, 2005.

Sites of Interest . . . .

Poetry and Literature Center – Library of Congress
Today, the Poetry and Literature Center is the home of the Poet Laurete. In addition to supporting the Poet Laureate’s activities and interests, the Center sponsors an annual series of public poetry and fiction readings, lectures, and other literary events.

Simply Everything Poetry is dedicated to the poet in all of us. Who among us is not tempted to complete the line, "Roses are Red, Violets are blue"? Do we not sing along with radio and television commercials? What adult cannot remember a poem learned years ago?

Poets.org - Supports American poets at all stages of their careers and fosters the appreciation of contemporary poetry. Site features exhibits, National Poetry Month, and a listening booth of poems.
. . . . or check out a Book !

The Painted Bed. Hall, Donald 811 H175 HALL
Hall's new poems further the themes of love, death, and mourning; they are by turns furious and resigned, spirited and despairing. In the end, the poet moves toward acceptance of new life in old age.




Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons, Al Young [ Dec. 2006 ]






Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. Carl Sandburg

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