The "Constitution State" had a P.L. from 1985 until 2009. Their most recent state poet laureate was John Hollander.
And then Connecticut just kind of forgot. I'm guessing somewhere in Hartford, someone's got "Hire New Poet Laureate" on the bottom their to do list.
J. D. McClatchy is a worthy Connecticut poet. His book Hazmat was nominated for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize.
Before I get too depressed about the East Coast's lack of poets laureate, here is a poem by John Hollander.
An Old Fashioned Song
by John Hollander
No more walks in the wood: The trees have all been cut Down, and where once they stood Not even a wagon rut Appears along the path Low brush is taking over. No more walks in the wood; This is the aftermath Of afternoons in the clover Fields where we once made love Then wandered home together Where the trees arched above, Where we made our own weather When branches were the sky.
Let's drive north to Massachusetts next on our National Poetry Month 50 State Tour.
No poet laureate position, so Mass joins Connecticut on my wall of shame. But we'll stop by for a visit with Ralph Waldo Emerson.