Saturday, May 28, 2005

Holy Quatrains, Batman!
Scottish poet Valerie Gillies yesterday became Edinburgh's new Poet Laureate and decided the first official poem she will write will be about...skateboarding?
"There are all sorts of things coming up that I'd like to write about," she said. "They are apparently going to open up a skateboard park, so it would be great fun if the Makar wrote a skateboard poem. I have to go and interview some skateboarders."
Poet Laureates are usually national appointments, such as Edinburgh's Poet Laureate position is more than honorary. The poet must produce at least three poems at 1000 pounds per, as well as work for literary organizations in the city and write verse for other special occasions as well, and on themes they deem important for the city.

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