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A double-edged chalice?

This is apparently how, according to Andrew Motion in the Guardian, some American publication described the post of poet laureate. I've had a brief look around on the internet and I can't find the reference, although plenty of people are happy to copy Motion's vague one.

The best I can do is an article by Phil Hammond in the Nursing Times from 1993. Hammond, as you might recall, is that ginger doctor turned humorist and is widely sought for his opinions on health matters.

So, I'm suspicious.