Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In the Poet's Words: Georgette LeBlanc on Libraries, Writing and Poetry

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

In the Poet's Words: Georgette LeBlanc on Libraries, Writing and Poetry

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Parliament poet on libraries and writing

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OTTAWA - Georgette LeBlanc became Canada's eighth parliamentary poet laureate in January. During her two year-tenure, she will be expected to write poems for major events, sponsor poetry readings and advise the Library of Parliament on its cultural collection. Late last month, she spoke about her job, her writing, and poetry in the parliamentary library in the Centre Block. Here is a little of what she had to say.

Georgette LeBlanc on ...

...Libraries: "I like them. I enjoy them. What is it about the library? The library is where knowledge is stored, knowledge is kept -- what we consider to be knowledge, and so it's kind of a big deal. It's something we hold sacred in some kind of way and we may take it for granted ... but in this sort of material culture, this space is important."

...Slowing down: "Taking the time -- slowing down -- really paying attention to small things or moments, events, feelings, emotions, human experience, so really just taking the time, slowing down and that's something ... we're not usually allowed to do or we just don't have time to. …

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