The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 October 2002

Rhymin' man

Lynn Sislo, grumbling about that New Jersey hack Amiri Baraka:

"Frankly, I have no idea whether my state, Oklahoma, has a poet laureate or not. I suppose we have, but even though I'm more interested in that sort of thing than most people in my neck o' the woods, I have never heard of the Poet Laureate of Oklahoma."

Well, we do have one. In fact, we have a new one every two years, appointed by the governor. Through 2002, it's Carl Sennhenn, whose day job is Associate Dean of Humanities at Rose State College in Midwest City.

You're welcome.

Posted at 8:30 PM to Soonerland

Thanks. :-) I was mostly just trying to be funny. I was pretty sure that we do have one, but I had never heard or read anything about him.

Posted by: Lynn at 9:08 PM on 1 October 2002

The state doesn't exactly go out of its way to publicize the fact.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:24 PM on 1 October 2002

Wow. I actually attended about three or four classes at Rose State (formerly Oscar Rose, IIRC). Nice campus. I'm just a bit peeved that any governmental entity needs/wants/has a poet laureate.

Posted by: DavidMSC at 9:58 PM on 2 October 2002