Press Fawns Over Mills Poetry


National media joined the chorus of Maine’s Fourth Estate in taking a moment Monday to coo over the poetry of Maine Gov. Janet Mills. The Washington Post ran four of the poems published yesterday by the Associated Press.

Dozens of outlets around America also picked up the story.

During her first term, Down East magazine published a feature on Mills the Bard in which it called her verses “dreamy and a little strange.”

The Bangor Daily News got the scoop that Mills’ poeticism dates back to the time she dropped out of Colby College and went West to San Francisco to be participate in the so-called Summer of Love in 1969.

The story is not new. In 2019, the Poetry Foundation also ran a feature of Mills’ bridging the divide between poetry and politics.

Before the next round of fawning press, the Maine governor will need to generate some new material. Perhaps she may draw some inspiration from the $10 billion biennial state budget she’s highlight tonight.

Although Mills’ communications team apparently has time to shop her poetry to reporters, Mills lawyers have repeatedly said her office needs 6-9 months to respond to basic Freedom of Access Act requests for public records from the Maine Wire.


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