Writing ability is important
Re: What is a poet? – Sept. 29 – Oct. 5
I am afraid I agree with the City of Victoria’s criteria for awarding the position of poet laureate. I also want to make a couple of clarifications. The city has not said that poets who define themselves as spoken word artists are to be disqualified. They are only asking that the writer has been published (not self published) on at least two occasions. This is not an unreasonable request as writing ability should be a prerequisite for the position. If Peters is arguing that all published work in Canada is “granny poetry” she is doing many innovative Canadian poets a disservice.