Friday, January 04, 2008

Poet Laureate

I've been waiting for news of the Minnesota Poet Laureate since Mom and I nominated Bob Bengtson. When I did a search for news this morning, I found the original bill introduced in the legislature last January, written in poem form.

H.F. No. 224, as introduced - 85th Legislative Session (2007-2008) Posted on Jan 18, 2007
1.1 A bill for an act
1.2 relating to the state; appointing a poet laureate; appropriating gift or grant money
1.3received; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 138.
1.4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

1.5 Section 1. [138.99] POET LAUREATE.
1.6 Subdivision 1. Appointment.
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The Gov' shall appoint a state poet laureate,
1.8
Who shall serve for a four-year term.
1.9
Because this appointment will always be great,
1.10
There's no need for the Senate to confirm.
1.11
In appointing a poet for the public good,
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And to ensure there's no unjust omission,
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The governor shall consider, if he would
1.14
Thoughts of the Humanities Commission.
1.15 Subd. 2. Removal.
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The poet will be free to write rhyming lines,
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With removal only for cause,
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But we trust that the bard will promptly resign,
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If the verse reads as badly as laws.
1.20 Subd. 3. Compensation.
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'Twould be fair to provide some just recompense
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As reward for the poet's tribulations,
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But because at this time we haven't the cents
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We're afraid there is no compensation.
1.25
But we ask as the poet travels the state,
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And the people their ears they lend,
2.1
That our learned Commission take the position
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To provide the poor poet a stipend.
2.3 Subd. 4. Gifts and grants.
2.4
To provide the support that needs to come
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To support our new laureate,
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Gifts and grants received of a generous sum,
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We hereby appropriate.

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