Mountain Goats Fans Petitioning for John Darnielle to Become U.S. Poet Laureate
Published Dec 28, 2012John Darnielle's Mountain Goats project has nabbed the band leader plenty of acclaim from critics and fans over the years, but some of his devoted are hoping to give the dude an official seal of approval by lobbying for him to be the next U.S. Poet Laureate.
An online governmental petition was posted earlier this week and is hoping that the lyrical content in Darnielle's discography is worthy enough for him to be nominated to the prestigious position.
"John Darnielle is an American institution," it reads. "An 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 far, just over 600 people have signed the petition, which is quite a ways off from the 25,000 signatures it needs before January 25 to be recognized by the White House.
Darnielle responded to the tribute over Twitter, writing, "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."
The current American Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey was appointed last June, and took up office in Washington, DC, this past September.
If, by chance, you think it will be tough for a contemporary indie musician to don the title, don't forget that Cadence Weapon was once the poet laureate in his native Edmonton.
Thank to Pitchfork for the tip.