Friday, July 9, 2010

U.S. Poet Laureate #17 is Announced

Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced on July 1st the appointment of W.S. Merwin as the Library’s 17th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2010-2011. Merwin's duties will begin in October.

"William Merwin’s poems are often profound and, at the same time, accessible to a vast audience," Billington said on making the announcement. "He leads us upstream from the flow of everyday things in life to half-hidden headwaters of wisdom about life itself."

Interest in the U.S. Poet Laureates? Join us for our Poetry Circle on Wednesday, July 14th at 3:30 PM. For the Summer Poetry Circle, we will be featuring a Poetry Bout: Kay Ryan vs. Carol Ann Duffy! The (current) Poet Laureates of the United States & the United Kingdom are going head to head! Join us as we compare & contrast Kay Ryan’s “A Ball Rolls on a Point” with Carol Ann Duffy’s “In Your Mind”. Pick up copies of the poems at the Cherry Hills Library Information Desk.

More about W.S. Merwin

Poetry page of the Library of Congress website.

About the position of poet laureate

A poem about summer by the future poet laureate

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