Robert Birnbaum interviews our Poet Laureate, the great Donald Hall.
Robert Birnbaum: How does one address the Poet Laureate?
Donald Hall: PLOTUS. Poet Laureate of the United States.
RB: As in the acronym for the President of the United States, POTUS?
RB: The position is described as "a lightning rod for the poetic impulse" in the country—what's your take?
DH: You are a figure for poetry for a while; while you are at the Library of Congress, you get asked to speak, and actually I think you have something to do with the readings that will take place at the Library of Congress.
RB: You haven't been told what you do?
DH: Not very much. There are a couple of fellowships that I can award, I believe small ones. And I have to choose judges for a prize—and I am going to find out.