Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Museum TAKEOVER: Which Mississippi Poet Laureate Wrote this Poem?

From the UM Libraries and Special Collections Library Sloth: 
Hey folks!
It’s National Poetry Month! Not only do sloths love poetry, but we inspire it, too. Check out a poem written by Theodore Roethke about sloths like me!

The Sloth
In moving slow he has no Peer.
You ask him something in his Ear, He thinks about it for a Year;
And, then, before he says a Word There, upside down (unlike a Bird), He will assume that you have Heard
A most Ex-as-per-at-ing Lug. But should you call his manner Smug, He'll sigh and hive his Branch a Hug;
Then off again to Sleep he goes, Still swaying gently by his Toes, And you just know he knows he knows.

Oh, I guess I should also give you a mystery, too, shouldn't I? How about this: which novelist, non-fiction, and Mississippi Poet Laureate wrote the following poem? 

This poet is also a Fulbright scholar, winner of prestigious poetry awards like the Pushcart Prize, AND also teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at the University of Mississippi!

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