U.S. Poet Laureate
What you should know about PLOTUS
April is National Poetry Month
Teton County Library
What is PLOTUS? The rarest and most poetic member of the homo sapiens Americus species, the Poet Laureate of the United States (PLOTUS) is appointed to a one-year term by that other rare species, the Librarian of Congress. Both species subsist on an omnivorous diet of words and letters.
Where can you find PLOTUS? Coming to Jackson Hole in April (poetry month, of course!) See PLOTUS live by picking up free tickets at the library Front Desk beginning April 3. Thank you Teton County Library Foundation!
What does a PLOTUS do? Poets Laureate are well familiar with this question, and hard-pressed to provide a clear answer. Howard Nemerov wrote, only half joking, in 1963:
Who is the current PLOTUS? The current PLOTUS is Juan Felipe Herrera, a poet of Chicano descent. The 67-year-old has spent just about his whole life on the West Coast. Born to a family of migrant farmworkers, Herrera bounced from tent to trailer for much of his youth in Southern California, eventually going on to study at UCLA and Stanford. The New York Times said, “his poems are filled with hard labor and indeterminate spaces, an awareness of chromosomatic imperialism and of Greyhound Bus stations of the soul. He understands people who are drained from the day’s hassle.…you’d like to hear him at the National Mall because his work is built to be spoken aloud. His best poems are polyrhythmic and streaked with a nettling wit.”
Thirsty for more knowledge about PLOTUS?
Library of Congress page about JFH
Poetry Foundation page about JFH
List of poet laureates
Wikipedia page about poet laureates