Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Poseur Alert

“I wish that my government had asked me to write poetry about immigration policy, about Idle No More, about Canada’s complicity in the Middle East, the Enbridge pipeline.”

Fred Wah summing up his tenure as the Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

1 comment:

Nyla said...

What???! I don't understand: the CURRENT government is expected to ask the Poet Laureate for poems on topics which ostensibly could only be written as protest poetry? The number of things absurd and yes, poseur-ish about this sentence....why would anyone in his position suffer this delusion about the government, or expect to be asked to write on these topics? Or for that matter, be expected to write on any pre-assigned topics at all?