By Mike Dunn

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There once was a mayor named Nutter, and today, rather than rely on bad limericks, he named a new Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.

The ability to rhyme is not a prerequisite.

On Friday, Mayor Nutter appointed 44-year-old Frank Sherlock as the city’s second Poet Laureate, succeeding Sonia Sanchez in a two-year term.

“I am very excited for him to pick up the pen — literally — where Sonia Sanchez left it,” Nutter said.

Sherlock was raised in Southwest Philadelphia and last year he was named a Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature:

“It’s through my work with language that brings me here today, but I can’t find words to express the gratitude to the city that raised me, beat me up a few times, and still reveals Philadelphia Botherly Love.”

Officials say as poet laureate, Sherlock will take part in public readings and spend time working with younger poets.

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