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I'll Bet He Gets a Statue

Does a surrealist being named as poet laureate qualify as surreal? (Whoa…dude.) From the New York Times (“Charles Simic, Surrealist with Dark View, Is Named Poet Laureate,” by Motoko Rich):

Charles Simic, a writer who juxtaposes dark imagery with ironic humor, is to be named the country’s 15th poet laureate by the Librarian of Congress today.

Mr. Simic, 69, was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and immigrated to the United States at 16. He started writing poetry in English only a few years after learning the language and has published more than 20 volumes of poetry, as well as essay collections, translations and a memoir.

Talk about an example for ESL students. (Wield it gently, teachers.)

Also, our poet laureate gets $35,000 and a nice travel allowance, too. What does your poet laureate get, England? A barrel of sherry? That’s nice.

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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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