Missouri poet laureate at River Reader Books

walter-bargenMissouri’s first poet laureate will appear this Saturday, Oct. 5,  in Lexington at River Reader Books.

Walter Bargen, who was appointed Missouri’s first poet laureate in 2008, will speak, answer questions and read some of his poetry at the appearance, according to Pat Worth, River Reader owner.

At his poet laureate inaugural ceremony, Bargen was described as a “brilliant communicator about poetry.” His work is described as “subtle, brilliant and wise.”

Bargen has said that as poet laureate, some of his favorite comments have come from men whose wives had “dragged” them to a reading. Instead of being bored, they found the experience “amazing.”

Bargen is the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, including Days Like This are Necessary: New and Selected Poems. He received bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The public is invited to Bargen’s appearance at River Reader Books, 1010 Main Street, from 10 a.m. until noon. Several Lexington book study group members and educators will also be in attendance.

“Anyone interested in writing, poetry or just meeting the poet laureate is welcome,” Worth said.

Copies of Bargen’s books will be available for purchase and for the author to sign, Worth said.

Bargen will also appear at the Old Trails Regional Gallery, the former Lexington Antique Building, Saturday afternoon.

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