Former U.S. poet laureate not exactly framing the award letter

Louise Gluck, former U.S. poet laureate, implies that the laureate selection process leaves something to be desired.

According to Gluck, each year two representatives of the Library of Congress select a poet to fill the post. The selection criteria focus not on literary excellence, but on “polls, eminence, skin color, geographical distribution and gender.”

“There have been some extraordinary poet laureates and there have been unextraordinary ones,” she says. “Of the things that have to do with public honor that I’ve received, that one was way low on the list.” (Via The Literary Saloon.)


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