Q Today Stanley Kunitz, who just turned 95, became Poet Laureate of the United States.

It is noteworthy that he had served once before in the same post, 24 years ago when he was a tender 71.

Kunitz' work is superb, and has become progressively better from the time he was first published, 73 years ago.

It is wonderful that he could be again coaxed to serve as Poet Laureate. But there must be some message, which I am not sure is a good one, about the state of poetry in the country that the same guy needs to be called out of retirement two times, a generation apart, to serve as Laureate.

Maybe, though it is a good message. Maybe the younger set, those younger than, say, 90, are so busy because of the popularity of their work that they are for the time being unable to serve.

Kunitz' Collected Poems have just been published, to great acclaim. See www.nytimes.com/books/00/10/01/reviews/001001.01campbet.html

Incubus There's an article about him in today's NY Times. He's turning 100 this summer. He's still tending his garden and writing poetry. Today his latest book "The Wild Braid: A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden" was published. Amazing! 050519
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