Gov. Pat McCrory circumvented the traditional vetting and nomination process to name Valerie Macon, a state employee, as North Carolina poet laureate. By literary standards, Macon, a self-published poet, is unqualified for the honor, although her work "Vegetarian Meat Lover" did demonstrate her knowledge of expensive footwear.
Macon's latest book, Sleeping Rough, is about homeless people. Inspired by her out-of-the-blue success—it is the poetic equivalent of Natalie Portman being discovered at a pizza parlor—I spent a half hour cuddled up with a rhyming dictionary and wrote some verse. Because apparently it's just that easy to be an esteemed poet.
protesters in cuffs
But Pat McCrory
ain't sleeping rough