John Mark Eberhart, book page editor of the Kansas City Star, comments on Missouri's lack of a poet laureate position in the Dec. 24, 2006 column at http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/entertainment/books/16293526.htm
He says many too-kind things about my upcoming role of Kansas poet laureate, July 1, 2007. Then he ruminates about what poets laureate can accomplish: "A poet laureate helps bring the values of verse to the people and honors the idea that 'despised poems,' as William Carlos Williams once termed them (he was being ironic--sort of), are not quaint, out-moded things but rather that the form remains a vibrant one, worthy of our attention.'"
Eberhart calls for the state of Missouri to renew its effort to create a poet laureate position. Please help him by commenting on the article at the KC Star website.