Razumich & Delamater - April 2020


FROMTHE DESKS OF Razumich & Delamater

THE POETSWHO CAN SHOW IT The Little-Known History of US Poet Laureates


14. International Moment of Laughter Day

1. International Fun at Work Day 2. National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

15. That Sucks Day

16. National Stress Awareness Day

3. World Party Day

17. International

4. School

Haiku Poetry Day

Librarian Day

18. Newspaper

5. National

Columnists Day

Dandelion Day

19. National

6. National

Garlic Day

Tartan Day

20. Look Alike Day

7. National Beer Day

21. Kindergarten Day

8. Draw a Picture of a Bird Day

22. Girl Scout

Leader Day

9. NameYourself Day

the U.S. poet laureate promotes reading and writing of poetry around the nation and hosts regular poetry readings and lectures. The position has undergone many changes since its conception. In 1951, it became standard for poet laureates to serve two terms. In 1985, the position was officially renamed to “poet laureate consultant in poetry.”And while the $35,000 annual stipend was originally intended to replace the need for other employment and allow the poet laureate to dedicate all their time to poetry, it has never been adjusted for inflation. Rather than increase the stipend, the Library of Congress instead gives modern poet laureates a light workload and encourages them to continue pursuing their own writing and career goals during their time in the role.

Since 1996, the U.S. has celebrated April as National Poetry Month. Whether for love, grief, or wonder, poetry has long been an emotional expression that unites people of diverse backgrounds. In other words, it’s the perfect art medium for Americans. But the nationwide respect poetry enjoys in the U.S. likely wouldn’t have been established without a much older tradition: appointing a U.S. poet laureate. In 1936, a philanthropist named Archer M. Huntington created an endowment that established an annual stipend of $35,000 for a“consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress.”Now commonly referred to as the U.S. poet laureate, the position continues to be sustained by Huntington’s endowment without any additional cost to taxpayers. Modeled after the poet laureate of the United Kingdom,

23. Take a Chance Day

10. National

Siblings Day

24. Pig in a

Blanket Day

11. Barbershop Quartet Day

25. National DNA Day

12. Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

26. National

Pretzel Day

13. International Plant Appreciation Day

27. Tell a Story Day

28. International

Astronomy Day

29. Greenery Day

30. Hairstyle

Appreciation Day

-John Razumich and Joe Delamater

Continued on Page 2 ...

317-934-9725 • 1


Made with FlippingBook - Online Brochure Maker