Yesterday Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty vetoed the bill that would have created a state poet laureate. While the governor stated he was appreciative of the arts, he didn’t see the need to create an official poet laurate for the state. He went on to say, “this will lead to calls for similar positions. We could see requests for a state mime, interpretive dancer or potter.” If you say so.
Meanwhile in Texas, it seems fitting that the Lone Star State has selected a cowboy poet — Red Steagall — as its 2006 poet laureate.
And that concludes this week’s edition of Poet Laureate Watch 2005.