The accolade is America’s equivalent of the British title of the same name, and employs the official writer for said nation.
Past Poets Laureate have included Robert Frost, Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, William Carlos Williams and more.
The petition, which can be found here, declares the singer “an American institution” and “inspiration to poets, artists and sundry other human beings both in America and world-wide.”
“Mr. Darnielle is a unique voice in modern word and music. For over twenty years, Mr. Darnielle has struggled on our behalf to come to terms with the base instincts of the human psyche. In literature, there is no man more worthy of recognition through the award of U.S. Poet Laureate than John Darnielle.
So do it, Mr. President. Do it!”
Darnielle took to Twitter to say the following on the matter:
“I did not do this, but if I didn’t point it out, they’d fail me in Social Media 201: Petitioning Governments for Lols.”
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