I don't generally have much comment on things that happen in the news -- oil spills, war, politics, sports...what can I possibly add to the already noisy debates and laments? And Hawaii gets national news coverage generally only when threatened by volcanoes, tsunamis and hurricanes, and what can you really say about any of that.
But today I am compelled to comment on the naming of the nation's new poet laureate, W.S. Merwin. Not only does little Hawaii boast a more or less native son as president, but now, Maui can claim literary fame as the home of the poet laureate. Funny thing, I actually wrote about W.S. Merwin just a few months ago.
How sad at the same time though, as sad as our Symphony's bankruptcy, that the foundation that runs the rather prominent Maui Writers' Conference regrets because of "recent events and changes in the economy" there will be no further retreats or conferences in the future. I was planning to go in August to look for an agent.
2 years ago