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Ten Reasons Why I Refuse To Be Poet Laureate of The United States

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1.

Nobody asked me.

2.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti should get a lifetime appointment (and then some!).

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I don't want to hobnob with the Secretaries of State and Defense and pretend I like the Kiplingesque poems they like. I don't want to talk about the objective correlative with the President and Vice President, nor explain oxymorons to smart-bombing generals.

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I'd have to go on PBS and read Christmas poems!

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I couldn't say "fart" in public!

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My mama didn't raise no fool!

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It would take the edge off. An artist ain't crap without an edge.

8.

The enemy of the best is the second best. This would be second best. Vox populi, vox Dei is best.

9.

Who ever heard of Robert Southey?

10.

Kenneth Patchen wrote: "It is the duty of the artist to consort forever with the runaway."

 

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Gary Corseri has published & posted his work at hundreds of venues worldwide, including Op Ed News, The New York Times, CounterPunch, CommonDreams, DissidentVoice, L.A. (and Hollywood--) Progressive. He has been a professor in the US & Japan, has (more...)
 

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