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Oh Snap! After 341 Years, First British Female Poet Laureate

Poet Carol Ann Duffy talks to the media after being announced as the new poet laureate by Culture Secretary Andy Burnham in Manchester, England. Duffy is the first female (and lesbian and mother) to be given the post since it was created 341 years ago, when John Dryden was the first recipient.


To check out a Carol Ann Duffy poem and links to more of her work, read more.

Words, Wide Night
by Carol Ann Duffy

Somewhere on the other side of this wide night
and the distance between us, I am thinking of you.
The room is turning slowly away from the moon.

This is pleasurable. Or shall I cross that out and say
it is sad? In one of the tenses I singing
an impossible song of desire that you cannot hear.

La lala la. See? I close my eyes and imagine the dark hills I would have to cross
to reach you. For I am in love with you

and this is what it is like or what it is like in words.

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