January 9, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More

Missouri’s first State Poet Laureate.  Walter Bargen.

I can’t tell you how pleased I am by this.  Walter is a first-rate poet and, just if not more importantly, a decent human being.

He will be formally introduced on February 13th at the state capitol.  After that, he will serve a two-year-term, administered by the Missouri Center for the Book .  We are enormously proud of this and look forward to a fruitful affiliation.

The shameless promotional part:  if anyone feels generous and wishes to support an institution whose goal to the elevation and promotion of the literary arts, go to our website, find the P.O. Box address, and…you know…

We will appreciate it.

Meanwhile, congratulations to Walter Bargen and a thank you to all who support the arts.


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Mark is a writer and musician living in the St. Louis area. He hit puberty at the peak of the Sixties and came of age just as it was all coming to a close with the end of the Vietnam War. He was annoyed when bellbottoms went out of style, but he got over it.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    Mark: Congratulations to Walter Bargen! And congratulations to the Missouri Center for the Book and to you for your efforts in getting this job done.

  2. Ben says:

    Center for the Book

    A Shiny pebble in the sea

    Poetic justice

  3. Ebonmuse says:

    This is wonderful news! I've been looking over Walter's website and I really like what I see. I'd be happy to feature some of his work in the "Poetry Sunday" feature on my other website and introduce him to a new audience – think he'd be interested?

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