Stairs first step in honouring Toronto poet Raymond Souster: Fiorito
A set of stairs leading down into a west-end parkette may soon bear the name of poet Raymond Souster.
There was a planning meeting the other night, because the local councillor has found some money to spruce up the park. And so a dozen, maybe 20 people came to the meeting; young parents, mostly.
Enter George Elliott Clarke. He is the reigning poet laureate of this city, and just before the meeting wrapped, he addressed the parents with an idea.
The parents smiled.
There is not a parent in the world who would deny a child a snippet of poetry. The councillor said the Parks Department was on side, and that the city was also on side, and it would be a nice thing.
All agreed, then.
Clarke said no. He wants another, perhaps grander and certainly more central marker.
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