poems of mass destruction
UK Poet laureate, the official poet of the United Kingdoms of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. I’m not clear on the job description with this particular position. The published income is a token 5,000 stlg per annum for 10yrs, a substantial increase on the prior poet’s stipend of 100 stlg with a vat of wine per annum for life.
Here in North America there has been some controversey over the indistinct job description and creative activities of some US City poet laureates. It’s a tricky job, in 2003, the Canadian poet Laurete accused American poets of producing “poems of mass destruction“, promoting fear. Poems of mass destruction, like killer jokes (first broadcast in Canada) should not be laughed at. Ottowa is currently advertising, ‘wanted’, for the next Canadian poet Laureate (a 2 yr post).
I wonder whether other large corporations, other than Nations, States and Cities, recruit poet laureates? If Microsoft had a position for a corporate poet laureate what might the job description include? Perhaps producing virus destroying, secure , patched and automatically updated poems.