by Laura Baudo Sillerman
Carol Ann Duffy, Britain's Poet Laureate
The empire on which the sun once never set has finally become enlightened. Britain has named its first female poet laureate. Ever frank, ever bold, ever herself, Carol Ann Duffy was a reluctant candidate, but she ultimately took the post “purely because they’ve never had a woman” (as in no woman poet laureate in the U.K in nearly four hundred years). She also declared her willingness to accept as a tribute to her sister poets who deserve recognition and the validation that comes with having a woman in a role that is far more prominent and demanding in England than it is here in the U.S.
Ms. Duffy was a popular favorite, embraced by the citizens who were encouraged to make suggestions in favor of poets to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. She is also an outlier— a woman who has been in a lesbian relationship, a single mother unfazed by fashion, a fiercely private person who labors in the solitary pursuit of words decoded into truth.
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