>>From the Nanaimo News Bulletin, “Nanaimo poet laureate Naomi Beth Wakan says farewell”
When Naomi Beth Wakan decided to become a poet almost 25 years ago, she chose a mother and father poet to guide her way.
Polish poet and essayist Wislawa Szymborska became her mother.
“Her poems are very real and I like poetry where you know what is going on in it,” said Wakan. “She’s witty, but she’s also socially concerned.”
Poet Billy Collins became her father.
“Billy Collins, who was twice poet laureate to America, is very accessible and wonderfully witty,” she said. “I read everything they wrote and then one day I started writing Naomi Beth Wakan poems and I didn’t read them again, but they are still on my bookshelf.”