The Makar and the Laureates

The Poet Laureates in the atrium of Edmonton City Hall. The forum was part of Word Nation, the Edmonton Poetry Festival.

The Poet Laureates in the atrium of Edmonton City Hall. The forum was part of Word Nation, the Edmonton Poetry Festival.


What happens when a "sonnet" of Canadian Poets Laureate meets the Makar of Scotland, the Laureate of that land, in a Laureate Symposium? We eavesdrop as the poets ponder the role of poetry in a world of twitter. IDEAS producer Dave Redel finds the verse to be anything but blank.

Poetry should always be trying to get at the human heart of everything, where issues are not necessarily black or white but very vividly grey  - George Elliott Clarke

The Poets & Their Published Work:

Janet Rogers of Victoria sporting her unofficial Poet Laureate sash.
Liz Lochhead, The Makar of Scotland - A Choosing: Selected Poems (Polygon, 2012)

Fred Wah, Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate - is a Door (Talonbooks, 2009)

Kris Demeanor
, Calgary - These United States (CD)

Bruce Meyer
, Barrie - A Book of Bread (Exile Editions, 2012)

Tanya Davis
, Halifax  - At First, Lonely (Acorn Press, 2011

John B Lee
, Brantford & Norfolk County - Let Us Be Silent Here (Sanbun Publishing, 2012)

Don Kerr
, Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) - Wind Thrashing Your Heart (Hagios Press 2011)

Evelyn Lau
- A Grain of Rice (Oolichan, 2012).

Marty Gervais
, Windsor - Lucky Days (Mosaic Adult 2009)

Eric Folsom, Kingston - Icon Driven, (Wolsak and Wynn).

Janet Marie Rogers
, Victoria - Splitting the Heart - (collection of 52 poems, with CD insert (Ekstasis Editions 2007)

Roylin Picou, Edmonton freestyle poet

Anna Marie Sewell, Edmonton - Fifth World Drum (Frontenac, 2009)

George Elliott Clarke, Toronto - Illicit Sonnets (London, UK: Eyewear Publishing, 2013)

The poems heard in the episode:

Kris Demeanor - Doctor Meat - Not published

Bruce Meyer
- Holy Land (in The Obsession Book of Timbuktu (published September 2013 by Black Moss Press, Windsor, Ontario)

Liz Lochhead
- Connecting Cultures - Written for Commonwealth Day at Westminster Abbey, London

Don Kerr
- A Day's Work - Written for The Edmonton Poetry Festival

Marty Gervais
- Sweet Hope - Written for The Edmonton Poetry Festival

Janet Rogers
- Forever - Not Published

Anna Marie Sewell
- I Wanted to Write You a Poem - Not published. This was a free style poem.

Related Websites:

The Edmonton Poetry Festival

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