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Poetry & Poets in Rags of January 25th

Poetry & Poets in Rags of January 25th
By rus bowden on 01/25/2011
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Dear Poetry Aficionados,

Poetry & Poets in Rags blog:

It''s a great week for laureates, and a great week for poets who workshop online. We begin with articles on Liz Lochhead becoming the Makar of Scotland just in time for Robert Burns celebrations. This is followed by articles on Derek Walcott, and then poetry by Seamus Heaney. We then find out what Kelly Cherry has to say about becoming Poet Laureate of Virginia.

But it''s here we shift to online poetry too. Kelly Cherry was the judge for the 2007-08 Poem of the Year competition for the InterBoard Poetry Community (IBPC). Our next article is about Laurie Byro recently being named IBPC Poet of the Decade. That article misstates one point. She was not selected "based on votes from other poets who belong to the IBPC," but from esteemed judges consistently choosing more of her poems throughout the last ten years--this out of the thousands of poets and at least tens of thousands of poems posted on the dozens of fine poetry forums that have belonged to IBPC over the years. The online poets, however, did choose her poems to go forward for judging, and surely she appreciates their support, as she represented a few different poetry boards over the years, and still does.

That article on Laurie Byro is then followed by one on Margaret Griffiths, or Maz, or grasshopper, as she was known on line. This story is an extraordinary one of posthumous publication of poems the poet did not keep on file, a sort of reverse Emily Dickinson. Our next article is about our Great Regular David Biespiel, who was also IBPC''s Spring 2006 judge.

We have plenty more poetry and articles this week. I''ll let you get to your reading. Thanks for clicking in.


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