Natasha Trethewey Named the Next US Poet Laureate

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Today, the Library of Congress announced the appointment of the 19th Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, who will assume her duties this coming fall. Unlike the previous two Poet Laureates, both in their eighties when appointed, Trethewey is mid-career, only 46 years old (and incidentally, incredibly gorgeous). James Billington, the librarian of Congress, told The New York Times , “We’re not necessarily on some kick to find a younger poet. The more I read of it, American poetry seems extremely rich in diversity, talent and freedom of expression, and she has a voice that is already original and accomplished. I have an affinity for American individuals who are absolutely unique, and I think that this is one.” We couldn’t agree more — Trethewey’s poems swell with a sense of history, and her imagery is crisp and affecting, the room she creates smoothly palpable. Check out some of her poetry here and here, and let us know what you think in the comments.