Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
I suppose it’s nice that St. Paul still has a Poet Laureate, but I can’t find a website of her commissioned works. Last poem I recall her writing for St. Paul was “Ode to the City Budget” or something like that, from about 2006. You’d think a government worker would be more productive.
Wait, what am I saying?
On the one hand, a person might be forgiven for thinking that awarding the Poet Laureate title to a poet who produces no poetry, was simply an excuse to shovel a little graft to a Party insider. It is St. Paul, after all.
On the other hand, awarding an honored title in exchange for doing nothing is a long-standing Democrat tradition, see, for example, my congresswoman, Betty McCollum, “The Phantom Rep”).
A Laureate Poet in Saint Paul
Accepted her government’s call.
She looked once and laughed
at her office’s graft,
and then walked away with a haul.