Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate With a Working-Class Voice Meant to Be Spoken

Juan Felipe HerreraThe poet laureate of the United States — PLOTUS, in the lingo — tends to be busy, Howard Nemerov once said, because he or she spends so much time explaining what the job entails.

The anticipated announcement [now confirmed] that Juan Felipe Herrera will become America’s new laureate makes you wish the job still entailed writing ceremonial verse, commissioned in bygone days for events like the openings of bridges or the deaths of fine old soldiers. Mr. Herrera is a poet you’d like to hear declaim from the National Mall.

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