How better to celebrate my 100th post on this forum than mockery of poetry?
It turns out that the Bay Area is a hotbed of Poet Laureates. In fact 57% of the honored poets are in the Bay Area. Heck, my little Island town has one. Metropolis like Dublin and Benecia have official poets. What is up with this?
Now, I admit that I have a mild dislike for poetry in general. Never been a fan. So why is there this explosion of cities recognizing poets? According to Benecia's Poet Laureate (who also has an online Poet Laureate starter kit..) it's because "When times get hard, people turn to poetry, they're concerned about the things that really matter." Like poetry.
There are all sorts of random little things that amuse me in the article. San Francisco pays their poet $5,000. Albany suggests that it's poet produce 4 poems a year. There is an American Academy of Poets (proving my belief that there is a membership association for everything.) In 2001, California started paying our poet $10,000. My home of Alameda now has a Poet Laureate in perpetutity, since the organization that appointed her is no longer in existence. She's poet for life!
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