Tuesday, November 27, 2012

News at Eleven: AP: Are there any hokey demands on you

as poet laureate? Do people think you should write a poem about every state or certain historical figures?

[Natasha] Trethewey, laughing: "Fortunately, the laureateship doesn't involve the necessity of writing any occasional poems, or poems commemorating state events or anything. I do imagine, however, that being ensconced in the poetry room, which has a lovely balcony that overlooks the Capitol from one direction and the Supreme Court out of another window, that being there will be inspiring. . . . And it might lead to a new project in my own poems, a new kind of consideration of historical memory."

from The Associated Press: AP Interview: Trethewey a 'cheerleader' for poetry


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