In the U.S. was significantly increased the number of official city poets, says Ely Sakhai.
In recent months, seven U.S. cities (from Houston and Los Angeles all the way to a small Fresno) have appointed an official city poet. Now a total of 35 major cities (and 6 states) have its official poets.
The so-called Poet Laureate is paid to sung urban spaces and highlight local virtues. The mayor of Fresno poetically noted that these poets are helping the city to get better terms, and that they “manage to capture the essence of our community, connect us to the community and introduce our community to the outside world”.
However, it is not entirely clear why the sudden increase in the number of official poet took place at this very moment. It is still questionable whether it is about the great importance of poetry in the U.S. or is it an attempt of disposal of authors who have graduated from one of the many studies in creative writing. Or, perhaps, on both, says Mr. Sakhai.