Poet laureates should be populist | Letters to the Editor | Indy Week
Pin It

Poet laureates should be populist 

Regarding the NC poet laureate tempest and Chris Vitiello's article, "What is a N.C. poet laureate?" (Aug. 6) I find myself thinking, a pox on them all, from Pat McCrory to the so-called "North Carolina literary community," to the grandiose laureateship itself.

 Is it actually required that the PL have a teaching background and work published in "legitimate presses" and "reputable magazines"?  Is it actually required that the PL teach poetry workshops all across the state? Why must the Art Council's guidelines be so particular, and exclusive. 

Is this what we mean by promoting the very public (populist) craft of poetry? How thin. The irony is that Ms. Macon is a NC Poetry Society member and committee leader. Why isn't that qualification enough? For all we know, she had the energy and the commitment to promote poetry all across the state, perhaps with the help of some of the more qualified. Unfortunately, she was shouted out of office fast—we'll never know. McCrory's sneering charges of elitism are what you'd expect from the State Capitol these days. But Kathryn Stirpling Byers' tut-tut about "the laureateship" and "what's at stake" is hardly more laudable, and what you'd expect from the former-laureate power base quoted in Vitiello's story.

 Clark Holtzman, Chapel Hill

Latest in Letters to the Editor

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Letters to the Editor



Twitter Activity

Comments

If the headline had been: "Is Scott Crawford Better Off Without Standard Food"? The answer would have been a resounding …

by Sue Mixson on Plate Expectations (Letters to the Editor)

Emma Laperruque and your response to this situation have been very unprofessional. Seeing the way both your organization and she …

by TayWoo on Plate Expectations (Letters to the Editor)

Most Read

  1. Donald Trump Is an Incompetent Menace. Just Impeach Him Already. (Soapboxer)
  2. Just Move (Letters to the Editor)
  3. Statue of Limitations (Peripheral Visions)
  4. Witch Hunts (Letters to the Editor)

Most Recent Comments

If the headline had been: "Is Scott Crawford Better Off Without Standard Food"? The answer would have been a resounding …

by Sue Mixson on Plate Expectations (Letters to the Editor)

Emma Laperruque and your response to this situation have been very unprofessional. Seeing the way both your organization and she …

by TayWoo on Plate Expectations (Letters to the Editor)

Please, Mr. Keen, inform us on what kind of person Hilary Clinton is. But please leave out the innuendo, unsupported …

by GorSun on Smug Revisionism (Letters to the Editor)

Thank you cleverweist1 and Cristel Gutshchenritter Orrand for the opportunity to stand up for what I believe in as a …

by half full on A Massive Scar (Letters to the Editor)

Mr Pollock makes some good points .
Noam Chomsky and Ron Paul have similar views on wars we have waged …

by CHHS Tiger on History you won't like either (Letters to the Editor)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation