Laureate Says Job's Great, but Public Not Well Versed in Poetry
Pendleton, Randolph, The Florida Times Union
TALLAHASSEE -- At least one of former Gov. Bob Graham's appointees is still going strong after 20 years.
Edmund Skellings of Dania was named Florida's poet laureate in 1980 and holds that title to this day. There are no term limits for poet laureates; some serve for life.
"Jeb Bush says I have the best title in the state and he's right," Skellings said in a recent interview. "I don't have to do anything. On the other hand, he's well paid and I'm not."
In fact, Skellings receives no pay for the distinction.
A man who deals in words, Skellings has some strong ones when asked about the state of poetry today.
"Pretty bad," was his blunt assessment.
"I don't think the public is interested in poetry," …
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Publication information: Article title: Laureate Says Job's Great, but Public Not Well Versed in Poetry. Contributors: Pendleton, Randolph - Author. Newspaper title: The Florida Times Union. Publication date: July 5, 2000. Page number: Not available. © 2007 The Florida Times-Union. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.
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