Back up to: The Essay
5/5 San Francisco street poet Jack Hirschman reflects on his time as the city's laureate.
4/5 Gillian Clarke on being the first poet writing in English to be laureate of Wales.
3/5 Keorapetse Kgositsile discusses the role of poet laureate in South Africa.
2/5 Poet Michele Leggott recalls her first year as New Zealand's laureate.
1/5 Poet Charles Simic, a former American laureate, reveals how he came to love the job.