If Poetry Can’t Solve Arizona’s Problems, Nothing Can
February 14, 2011
Last year we reported on a $1.25 million spending program in Arizona to build bridges over a mountain road where approximately five squirrels per year were being killed by cars. The cost of saving one squirrel was a quarter of a million dollars.
There is one genius in the Arizona Legislature and he is state Sen. Al Melvin, a Republican from Tucson.
Melvin is the only lawmaker who has gotten to the core of Arizona’s problems, recognizing that the heart of our crisis does not stem from the state’s colossal lack of money, but from its lack of soul.
With this in mind, Melvin has introduced Senate Bill 1530, which for the first time would create in Arizona an official “poet laureate.”
What better way to restore civility to public dialogue than by communicating through poetry?
As any fan of the lyrical aesthetic knows, it is impossible to be angry and indelicate when communicating, for instance, in quatrain:
Our state is out of money
It’s billions that we need
And though it may sound funny
There’s talk we may secede.