Poet laureate

Sep 5, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about Indian River County’s first poet laureate.  He is Sean Sexton, 61, appointed to the honorary position by the country commission.  Sean, a grandson of Vero Beach developer Waldo Sexton, runs a cattle business around 82nd Avenue and 37th Street.  Volusia County is the only other Florida county with a poet laureate.  Called the Cowboy Poet, Sean is known for his poems and paintings about nature and ranch life.  His poetry is not obscure but understandable.  Here are lines from Sean’s poem “Metamorphosis.”  “Then one day / you put the tractor in gear / rev the engine / and drive straight into the gate. / Watch the fury of splinters flying / feel the latch and hinges breaking / find yourself in a place / you’ve never been before.”   I’m Paul Janensch.