Friday, June 27, 2003

You know who's responsible for creating the office of Poet Laureate?

Dan Quayle!

I'm not kidding.

Title VI: Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry - Recognizes that the position of Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (CPLC) is equivalent to that of Poet Laureate of the United States. Establishes in the Library of Congress the position of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry (PLCP). Directs the Librarian of Congress to appoint a PLCP pursuant to the same procedures as established on the date of enactment of this Act for the CPLC. Encourages Federal agencies to make use of the services of the PLCP for ceremonial and other occasions of celebration, under procedures designed to assure that rendering such services does not impair the continuation of that individual's work. Directs the Chairman of the NEA, with the advice of the National Council on the Arts, to annually sponsor a program at which the PLCP will present a major work or the work of other distinguished poets. Authorizes appropriations to the NEA for FY 1987 through 1990 for purposes of such PLCP provisions.

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