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red-room-well-red's picture
Oct.17.2011
Governments have been honoring poets officially since ancient Greece, where a laurel wreath symbolized the honor. The current tradition arose in early modern Europe, with Petrarch, Chaucer, and Dryden as some of the first poets laureate to bear the name. Now, poets laureate most often write...
kathryn-stripling-byer's picture
Oct.08.2011
For five years I served as NC's first woman Poet Laureate, following the estimable and energetic Fred Chappell, a former teacher of mine, who turned the post into a vital one, rather than the figurehead it had become over the decades.  Before Fred, the state's laureates served life terms....
j-ruth-gendler's picture
Oct.07.2011
As poet laureate, my focus would be to create a time and space that wouldinspire you to living more poetically rather than writing a single grandpoem myself. I dream of expanding the field and creating conditions thatsupport the birth of many new poems of vision and praise, wisdom andeloquence....
nion-mcevoy's picture
Oct.07.2011
I would like to be the Poet Laureate of the U.S. of A., because I am familiar with that country and it's easy to get to.   It also has a boatload of great poetic traditions, many of which in fact came here by boat, and all of which should be marshalled to address this rather complicated period...
blair-kilpatrick's picture
Oct.07.2011
If I were a poet laureate, where would it be?  Perhaps in Sweden.  Not that I have any particular tie to that country.   But I've been intrigued by the story of  Swedish poet Tomas Transtrommer, the newly announced winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.   He sounds like...
kelly-tweeddale's picture
Oct.07.2011
Poems have a way of getting under your skin.  They taunt you, cajole you, and often fill your mouth with feathers as they push against your breath, suffocating you with their honesty.  Yet, poems are only the output, and the writing of poems the craft.  The poem may be the serum, but...
rosy-cole's picture
Oct.07.2011
  Oh, I'd like to be Poet Laureate,the best literary ballgame around,to chronicle functionsand royal conjunctionswould suit me down to the ground. To muse on the subtext of historymight prompt an account in free verse,but the annals of timewould ring with my rhymeand the picture would be none...
richard-martin's picture
Oct.06.2011
I was indeed unfortunate enough to be selected as poet laureateof a to-remain-unnamed institution of public health in NorthernCalifornia some years ago. The circumstances of my election to that post are too tawdry to report in detail here, but I must say that they involved a heated campaign of...
catherine-nagle's picture
Oct.06.2011
“Because we Write the Rights that we Ought" If I were the Poet Laureate:  I’d like to work in libraries, schools, and Churches.  Then, I would possibly attract the audience of the affluent and intellectual, and the unfortunate and the innocent, with my devoted awareness of the family's...
alice-shapiro's picture
Oct.06.2011
I want to say something profound, but the most I can do is write a poem. After permanently moving away from New York and Florida in 2005 I adopted Georgia, and Georgia has returned the favor. This past August, Mayor Mickey Thompson and City Council Members appointed me as Poet Laureate of...