Poetry News

Rhode Island almost got a state poem

By Harriet Staff

Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri vetoed legislation naming a former state poet laureate's poem as the official state poem. His reasoning: the lack of competition. His rhyme? You be the judge.

With a state tree, a state flower, a state bird and a state song, Sen. Leo Blais, R-Coventry, thought Rhode Island would benefit from having a state poem as well and won passage of a bill that would have given that honor to “Jerimoth Hill,” a poem penned by former state poet laureate and Sunday Journal poetry columnist Tom Chandler.

Originally Published: June 24th, 2010