James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress, has selected Kay Ryan to succeed Charles Simic as the next U.S. poet laureate. The Northern California poet will be the 16th poet to hold the post. Full story here.
Seven responses from around teh internets:
Ron Silliman says Ryan is "the 47th consecutive School of Quietude poet to hold the position in its 71 year history."
Annie Wagner says not bad.
Vowel Movers say "congratulations Kay Ryan! Your one year of service as PLOTUS entitles you to no power whatsoever!"
says, "She's neither folksy and ultra-accessible like the popular Billy Collins nor mandarin and imperious like the critical darling Louise Glück."
The New Yorker has selected emails.
David Orr is down with Kay.
Daily Kos says being a gay-married Californian is a statement in itself.
Travis Nichols is the author of two books of poetry: Iowa (2010, Letter Machine Editions) and See Me Improving (2010); and he is the author of two novels: Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder (2012) and The More You Ignore Me (2013). He has contributed to The Believer, Paste, The...