Finally a Woman Poet Laureate for the UK

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Finally a Woman Poet Laureate for the UK

Postby swreader » Sat May 02, 2009 1:39 am

Congratulations on the choice of Carol Ann Duffy as the first woman Poet Laureate of the UK!

I was so pleased to see, from the NY Times that Ms. Duffy has broken the glass ceiling.
I don't know her poetry, but the poems quoted in this article, with their focus on women and on simple things with deep meaning reminds me a bit of the current American Poet Laureate Kay Ryan whose poetry has been described as poems that turn ordinary things grand.
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Postby poohbcarrot » Sat May 02, 2009 2:06 am

I hope she's a big drinker! :lol:

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Postby Tiffany » Sat May 02, 2009 9:02 pm

Yes, Congratulations to Carol Ann Duffy.
I believe she asked for the booze, I think it's Sherry, up front, as apparently the previous Poet Laureate still hadn't got his. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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