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Councilman thinks it's time for a poet laureate in Buffalo

A poet laureate for the City of Buffalo?

That's what a Buffalo councilman is suggesting. The idea will be presented to the full Common Council on Tuesday.

In a resolution submitted to the Council, Masten District Councilman Ulysees O. Wingo Sr. refers to poetry as an art form that transcends social boundaries.

Poetry, he said, uses word, rhyme and rhythm to narrate truth. It speaks universally of reconciliation and understanding, which are critical in the current political climate, he said.

Many cities around the country, Wingo said, have appointed municipal poet laureates to "represent the times and articulate the issues, ideas and hopes of its city."

While Buffalo has made significant investments in the arts, it has not has previously focused on poetry, he said.

Wingo is asking the Council to request that the city draft criteria and language to establish an officially designated City of Buffalo poet laureate.



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