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America's New Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera

Jun 24, 2015

Juan Felipe Herrera has been announced as America's new poet laureate, and he is a fantastic choice. People talk about poetry's ability to communicate culture, and people, and place in a succinct way, and Herrera's work does that.

His work often deals with the question of identity in a multicultural society.  He has been described as a uniquely American voice, but I don't agree; his poems have as much resonance here in Australia, especially now as we struggle with the question of what it means to be a multicultural society.