After much internal debate and soul-searching, I have decided to post an ad-free web page FoetLaureate.com calling for the resignation of Charles Simic from the Poet Laureate of the United States post, and I have explained my rationale on the page.
I don't know the man personally, and I may even feel a sort of affinity toward him in that I spent a year in the former Yugoslavia (1988-1989), his native land. I wanted to be happy and thrilled when his name was announced and Nomi posted the news on this blog.
Mr. Simic may be an excellent and renowned poet; he may even be a personable soul, but I believe that our Poet Laureate should be held to a higher standard than the rest of us mere mortals. There should be no taint associated with his/her name because this person should represent all American poets and the best of American poetry.
We have enough lousy politicians giving our country a bad name, so why not aim for a Poet Laureate with impeccable credentials?
With regret and sorrow,