Friday, April 2, 2010
National Poetry Month 50 State Tour: The Real Poets of New Jersey
I may not have the big hair, or the accent, but I'll always be a Jersey Girl.
Walt Whitman (who has his own rest stop), the Shore, William Carlos Williams, the Boss and Bon Jovi, the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the Jersey Devil, Allen Ginsberg, Renee Ashley and...no poet laureate.
We're like an All-Star Poetry Team with no captain.
Jersey -- you're breaking my heart here.
But, New Jersey, you hired a political poet for the job and you got one. Baraka has never been P.C. Truth in advertising, is all I'm saying. Read the whole tale of woe here (and Baraka's rebuttal, to be fair.)
Here is Amiri Baraka reading his Ode to Obama.
New Jersey -- I hope you give the whole poet laureate thing another try. There are plenty of poets to choose from. Just one piece of advice -- one I give my 13-year-old every night -- "Do your homework!" I'm sorry to do this to you, but you're going on my Wall of Shame.
We're off to Georgia and Connecticut tomorrow. After all that drama, I need a rest!