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POET LAUREATE

During their three-year term, the Poet Laureate seeks to raise the town consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry. This is an appointed position. Poets Laureate must give a reading or presentation to inaugurate their term and to close their term. Leading poetry workshops, organizing and participating in reading series, visiting local schools, and attending conferences are some of the ways laureates typically fulfill their duties. If you are interested in applying for the position of Poet Laureate of Woodbury, please download an application HERE

 

Our current Poet Laureate is David Bibbey.  An Emmy Award winning broadcast TV producer, host, MC and Executive Producer of “Connecticut Means Business,” David has a passion for spoken word, music, and the arts. Appointed Poet Laureate of his home town of Woodbury, he is also the President of the Arts Alliance of Woodbury, a winner of the Westchester NY’s Poetry Slam, and has been published in Connecticut Bards, an anthology of Connecticut poets.

Prompted by our Adult Programming Librarian Marla Martin, who asked David if he would be able to release a poem each month for the town, the resulting effort has brought patrons much delight.

Click Here for David’s contact information.

 

David Bibbey shares this poem in honor of his son’s birthday:

I Met A Man

 

I met a man today

and heard somebody say 

“he looks a lot like you”

 

I see that this is true,

there’s so much that we share,

with a love of life we dare 

to step from safe and known.

 

Through experience he has grown

to be closer than he may think,

from life’s elixir we both drink.

 

I’ve known him since he was a boy

he brings me so much joy.

I work to keep him safe 

and how the reins they chafe.

 

To give a horse its head,

to gallop free is said

so soft has been my hand

in leap of faith that he will land

 

To find his own way

each day by day by day.

For he must sink or swim,

I cannot live for him,

nor can he live for me.

 

A man is what I see,

his life is now begun.

 

The part I played?

a father to his son

 

POETRY LOVERS Click Here to check out the CT Office of the Arts organized and produced by Woodbury’s Poet Laureate David Bibbey.