Michigan had a state poet 'til fifty-nine.
When Edgar Guest died, they said, "We'll be just fine.
Do we need an official poet to write verse --
another person we'd have to reimburse?"
The Wolverine State joins nine other states on my Poetic Wall of Shame.
Their state Senate passed a bill in 2005 establishing a state poet laureate position. But it never got through the House.
Here's the low-down on Michigan's tale of poetic apathy.