Poetry is a funny topic. Although it was probably the first human literature and probably predated even writing, we see almost none today. Most famous poets including Lord Byron had to pay to publish their writing. While the words may stir the heart, and live forever, the writers are often forgotten.
No, I don’t write poetry. I have a great respect for those that do and read more than a little of it. However, I lack the patience a poet needs.
The other day I went looking for poetry on the Internet and found more than I could read in the rest of my lifetime. It appears that poets continue to self-publish. Today they use websites. So I tried a different tactic. Instead I went looking for poets. I turned to the term Poet Laureate. This is a poet officially appointed by a government or conferring institution, who is often expected to compose poems for special events and occasions.
There are Poet Laureates for a number of countries, a number of American States, and sometimes cities, or universities. Lots of alternatives. You might search for this term for your own country. So I started with Canada.
What a disappointment. Canada only began the practice in 2001. All the Canadian poets I am familiar with from school and other reading would never have had this opportunity.
The list of Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureates is a follows:
- George Bowering (2002–2004)
- Pauline Michel (2004–2006)
- John Steffler (2006–2008)
- Pierre DesRuisseaux (2009–2011)
- Fred Wah (2011–2013)
- Michel Pleau (2014–present)
I won’t be publishing any of their poems but you might want to search the internet for them.
To see some of my short stories go to www.edwardmcdermott.net