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Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Sing, o muse, of the harbor sludge
As reported in today's Globe, Boston is now looking into the idea of appointing a Poet Laureate for the city -- or at least one councilman is advocating the plan. (I was trying to figure out if Massachusetts has a designated poet, and came across the answer via this amusing page.) It's a neat idea, no? Someone should sing for the city that is among the most literate (the most literate?) in the country and world, but has been drained of all publishing houses and prominent magazines (other than the Globe's, bien sur). If New Jersey gets Bruce Springsteen, who's our guy or gal? Tell me it's not Aerosmith or the Cars.
It has been remarked by an Ideas editor that the late Peter Davison would have made an excellent Boston laureate were he alive today. I would add that Robert Lowell's, um, a little downbeat, but what a poet, and a Boston man. Davison can be heard reading from Lowell's work here, if you have an Atlantic subscription.