Thursday, August 02, 2007
[News] Charles Simic Named Poet Laureate
The Librarian of Congress has announced that Charles Simic will be the next U.S. poet laureate. Simic, who immigrated to the United States at age 16, shares his advice on how to become a poetry lover with the Washington Post:
Find a poetry anthology, any one will do, at the library. Open it at random. Read aloud one stanza. You won't like most of what you read. But whatever you like, read that.
Don't worry about reading the English-teachery stuff at first, since most people's taste will organically mature. There's only one potential warning sign relating to poetry preferences, says Simic, 69: 'If greeting-card verse brings you to tears at the age of 70, well, what can I say. You might be beyond help.'
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Check our catalog for Charles Simic
Learn more about the poet at Biography Resource Center (BRC), where we found the neat picture above. BRC is one of the Library's online databases.
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