And they picked Robert Bly.
I remember watching Bly read back in the 20th century when I was attending the University of Cincinnati. He was a funny and engaging reader. Minnesota made a great choice in picking someone named Robert. (In fact, I’m rather partial to anyone with the initials R.B.)
Here are some pieces covering last week’s big announcement:
* “Robert Bly named Minnesota’s first poet laureate,” by Associated Press
* “Greg Sellnow: A cluttered mind yields random thoughts,” by Greg Sellnow
* “A Poet Laureate for Minnesota,” by The New York Times
Interestingly, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty actually experienced a change of heart on creating a post for the state poet laureate. In 2005, he actually vetoed a poet laureate bill fearing it would lead to more frivolous state appointments. So hooray for flip-flopping on the issues, I suppose.
Here are some Bly poems I could find online (for those who’ve not read his work):
* “A Dream of Suffocation” (and other poems)