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New Poet Laureate Search

Original post made by Poetic Justice, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Apr 20, 2009

On Saturday mornings after the business of getting my children and husband out the door for their very many events, I love to gather the ever-growing pile of mail from the week, including the latest copy of the Pleasanton Weekly, and sit in my favorite chair in my back yard with a cup of tea and read. The weather of late has made this experience of particular enjoyment. For some time now, however, during my quiet stolen moments I have had a minor irritation everytime I read our Poet Laureate's offerings, and I always seem to have the same reaction: I'm puzzled.

I do not consider myself an overly refined person of taste, but having an advanced degree I would hope I would have some fundemental understanding. Instead, I honestly have no idea what the heck she is writing about! I feel like I hit a pothole while out riding a bike on a gorgeous day.

I saw in this last week's issue that we are looking for a new person for the job. Sadly, I gave a sigh of relief. Looking for someone to lighten the mood and observe the wonderful attributes of our fair city is hopefully on the way!

I'd love to see some postings of suggestions the job search committee could use when interviewing candidates for the position, so at the very least we could actually enjoy reading and not feel we are the only one in Pleasanton not getting the joke.

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Posted by Just an idea
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Apr 20, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I'm sure the lady is nice, but it has been a little "lacking" in my taste, too.

Since we are so short on funding these days for seemingly everything, perhaps the City could donate the salary funds to the District and we could read poems from the kids at the school instead of appointing a new Poet. It would help the kids consider and value their city and we parents would love to see children at work!

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Posted by To Just an idea
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 20, 2009 at 9:09 pm

It is just a great idea! We should be looking for every avenue to help the school district with funds without taking more from the citizens. Let's work within our budget!!

I love the idea of having the kids get involved. We are teaching them to be a commuity of character and this could be a competition for the older kids or an honor for a child who does something important. What a neat way to teach kids the value of poetry. Could you imagine how excited the kids would be to read the writings of the other children and to see who is writing that time? We could have poetry "Weekly"!

I think this is a lovely idea. And thanks to OP for getting the community involved in this idea!

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Posted by Grace
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Apr 20, 2009 at 9:46 pm

I, for one, have enjoyed reading the poems posted occasionally by the librarian-teacher-poet-laureate of Pleasanton. When reading the necessary qualifications for the next candidate, however, I was really disappointed to see that "publishing" poems (a book?) was a pre-requisite. There are many budding poets here in town, but how many have the spare time, the energy and yes, the MONEY to actually be a published poet?

Seems the review board is cutting out a significant portion of potentially otherwise-qualified and creative applicants.

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