Saturday, March 6, 2010

Are you a poet but don't know it?

From the Queens Courier:

Those interested in applying for Poet Laureate must have lived in the borough for at least the last three years and have “a significant publication record.” Along with being willing to make the three-year commitment, the individual must also be able to participate in a minimum of one annual event that the Queens Borough President’s Office sponsors.

According to a press release, “The judges want to know if applicants have published poetry collections; been included in recognized journals, anthologies, recorded spoken word presentations, and online poetry web sites; participated in poetry readings; and can articulate their vision for outreach to the Queens community.”

Potential Poet Laureates will have to send their poetry, including pieces related to Queens, a cover letter, bio and resume.

For more details on the application process, visit the Borough President’s web site, The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, April 14.

Why not submit your poems here? I even accept limericks...


georgetheatheist said...

I love Queens.
Queens loves me.
I'm as happy as can be.
A happier man nowhere exists.
I think I'll go and
Slash my wrists.

Anonymous said...

here is a Queens haiku for you:

Tower people whine;
Bike lanes take my parking space;
Why no english spoke?

Babs said...

Where has all the greenscape gone?
Long time passing
Where have all our oak trees gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone?
McMansions and cement slabs everywhere
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

( . . . my apologies to Pete Seeger)

Anonymous said...

He had trouble maintaining a boner.
He went to the doc, who fed him a crock
And now his blood flow is in order

Claire Shulman said...


I can hear the sweet strains of a wrecking ball...
waft through my window at borough hall.

How deftly Queens' rape I orchestrated...
while those civics sat still and masturbated.

Now I'm selling out Willets Point...
if I can avoid winding up in "the joint".

Down Wind said...

I'd nominate Shulman.

On the strength of one been she could fart "god Save The Quee" and top it off with Bach's Fugue & Toccatta!


Down Wind said...

Oops...sorry for omitting the cap "G"...typo.
(But I bet "George" likes it ).

Down Wind said...

Damn...and the "a" and the "n" too...
worked late last night...another cup of coffee needed!

georgetheatheist said...

Downwind. It's got potential. Delete your entry. Proofread. Start again.

Auntie Invasion said...

non American citizens will be given preference so they can rant about how terrible, terrible life in the US is and how awful Americans are to them.

they only want poets who will America Bash.

have you noticed how many books there are in the QBPL written by "new" immigrants? Being an American is bad according to the QBPL.

Anonymous said...

I once lived in a land that was quiet and green
Then more developers descended than I'd ever seen
They shoe-horned in three homes where one had once stood
And ruined what had been a great neighborhood
They got rid of trees and grass to replace it with cement
And subdvided basements just to collect more rent
Build it and they'll come and want all things for free
Leaving the burden of paying for it up to you and me

Anonymous said...

One more Crappie haiku for y'all:

Vibrant and diverse.
Main Street is so smelly now.
Where has my Queens gone?

Anonymous said...

there once was a man named barack
whose actions caused the tea party to react.

Alexander Poop said...

David Paterson could not see
the writing on the wall.
Even though he's legally blind
I don't feel sorry for him at all.
He gave us Kirsten Gillibrand, witness intimidation, and a crooked racino at Aqueduct.
I just can't help feeling that with him in office
everyone in Queens is f*cked.