So said Carol Ann Duffy (right) last week when she was "anointed" the new poet laureate of Britain.
'It is a great day for women writers. ... It highlights the way that women writers have changed the landscape of literature in this country … though I think guys will be pleased as well.'
Duffy, 53, grew up the oldest of 5 children in a working-class area of Glasgow, Scotland. (photo credit) She often pens poetry in the form of internal monologues; her poem Mrs. Rip Van Winkle is a delightful must-read.
The media have made much of the fact that Duffy, the single mother of a teenaged daughter, is a lesbian. She said she hoped openness about her sexuality "would demonstrate that homosexuality is 'a lovely, ordinary thing.'"
The headline news was this: Duffy's the 1st woman poet laureate in the 341-year history of the post in Britain. About that fact she offered this more-the-merrier comment:
'I hope after my 10 years are up, there will be another woman laureate, then another, for 300 years.'