Kathleen Noonan has raised the question of Poet Laureate in her weekly ‘Last Word’ column in this Saturday’s Courier Mail (January 10, 2009).
This is a question, that I am sure will create much debate, as the role of Poet Laureate is seen by many as archaic, meaningless and a creative curse. In her article, Noonan quotes John Kinsella who states:
“A poet laureate for Australia? God forbid. It’s the edge of subversion that comes with the poet existing outside the status quo that makes poetry necessary.”
A good point and one that Noonan acknowledges, suggesting that the regressive, messy and vaudevillian, Michael Leunig might be able to step into the role and successfully walk the subversive tightrope.
This Lost Shark is certainly all for the promotion of poetry in the public arena, but for me the jury is undecided as to whether the best way of doing this is by appointing a Poet Laureate.
Would love to hear your thoughts on the issue, so have a look at the article and drop me a line:
Read the article here: http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24875473-5012506,00.html