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Jorie Graham. Karen Braucher. Kay Ryan.
Laureate Poets: Britain; USA.
Louise Glück. Len Anderson. Li-Young Lee. Linda Pastan. Nordic Skalds. Pulitzer Poetry Prize (U.S.A).
Richard Hugo. Robert Bly. Sara Teasdale. Snorri's Edda. Stephen Dunn. Ted Kooser. W.S. Merwin.
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The Best American Poetry: 2008; Guest Editor Charles Wright.
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Poets Laureate of the United States of America
by J. Zimmerman
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|Nine Horses (2003) by Billy Collins (a previous poet laureate).|
In the United States of America, the post of "Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry" was established in 1985, copying the title from the Poets Laureate of Britain.
The USA Poet Laureate is:
Before that, from 1937 to 1985, the Librarian of Congress had authority to appoint someone to Library of Congress Poetry Position, the post of "Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress." The name was changed by an act of Congress in 1985.
In February 2003 a web report at http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0206-07.htm showed the following:
Published on Thursday, February 6, 2003 by the Associated Press U.S. Poet Laureate Opposes War with Iraq by Hillel Italie NEW YORK - The threatened war with Iraq has politicized the nation's poets, starting at the very top. In comments rarely heard from a sitting U.S. poet laureate, Billy Collins has publicly declared his opposition to war and says he finds it increasingly difficult to keep politics out of his official job as literary advocate. ... A spokeswoman for the Library of Congress said Tuesday that Mr. Collins is free to express his own opinions on any subject. Collins, whose books include Questions About Angels and Nine Horses, is a mostly introspective poet who doesn't have a history of political activism. But he defended anti-war poets who last week caused the White House to postpone a symposium sponsored by first lady Laura Bush. "If political protest is urgent, I don't think it needs to wait for an appropriate scene and setting and should be as disruptive as it wants to be," Collins said in a recent e-mail to The Associated Press. "I have tried to keep the West Wing and the East Wing of the White House as separate as possible because I support what Mrs. Bush has done for the causes of literacy and reading. But as this country is being pushed into a violent confrontation, I find it increasingly difficult to maintain that separation."
Sketches on the Poets Laureate of the United States of America, in chronological order
Also, see our lists of Poets Laureate in Alphabetic Sequence.
Each Laureate brings a different emphasis to the position.
His ten books of poetry include "Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected," "Next-to-Last Things: New Poems and Essays ," and "The Poems of Stanley Kunitz, 1928-1978," (winner of the Pulitzer Prize).
His books of poetry include: "Sailing Alone Around the Room," "Picnic, Lightning," "The Art of Drowning" (a Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize finalist), "Questions About Angels" (a National Poetry Series selection).
This year (2004) he published Delights and Shadows, filled with poetry of the physical place and things of this world.
He has also written the memoir Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, about his life in eastern Nebraska.
Not-quite Poets Laureate of the United States of America: the Consultants in Poetry to the Library of Congress.
From 1937 to 1985, the Librarian of Congress had authority to appointed the following to the "Library of Congress Poetry Position."
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