Speaking of Poet Laureates…

…oh, we weren’t speaking of poet laureates? Well, that’s okay, because here are two good pieces on them speaking.


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From Guardian Unlimited, here’s a speech by UK Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, on the relationship between poetry and power. His whole speech transcript is available. Highly recommended.


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“Americans still love poetry, says poet laureate Pinsky,” by Lila Hanft for ClevelandJewishNews.com, profiles the former U.S. poet laureate. In the article, Robert Pinsky says, “As dancing is to movement, as cuisine is to nutrition, as lovemaking is to procreation, poetry is an art: an expressive form of speech. If art is important, poetry is important.”


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