I’m slow in noting this, but Louise Glück will be the next poet laureate. I look forward to seeing what she does with the position. She doesn’t have the natural gregariousness of Robert Pinsky but her mind, and style, are laserlike in focus — especially compared to the current laureate, Billy Collins, whose poetry is wandering, wooly, comfortable, and inoffensive. Glück’s writing, by contrast, is spare, stark, challenging, and important.
The article says she has designs on expanding the Favorite Poem Project. I can’t wait to hear more.