Today I am taking the time to write about my dad, Marty Gervais, who was just named Windsor's Poet Laureate!!! Great job dad! The link is posted below
The way I understand this honour is that my dad was pretty much just named Captain of the city of Windsor. He will now be called upon to lead and represent our city with courage, fearlessness and a great competitive edge.... How will he do this you ask? By the power and force of.......... POEMS!!!!
I am not entirely sure what approach he will take for this, as he has a long decorated career of poems, some inspired by the Catholic Church, some inspired by hockey or boxing, but don't be surprised if he catches everyone off guard with a quick Haiku!
Though most of us will be expecting his poems to be presented in a "Ballad"- written in straight-forward verse, seldom with detail, but always with graphic simplicity and force. Most "Ballads" are suitable for singing, and with my dad's extensive experience in the school choir as a young boy and the weekly Sunday mass he attends, this style is the heavy favourite moving forward.
We mustn't rule out an "Epic" a long narrative poem celebrating the adventures and achievements of a hero. It will be difficult for him not to write about his hero, former Detroit Tiger Reno Bertoia. Who was also the inspiration for my dad's novel titled RENO, which was nominated for the international Three-Day Novel Writing contest.
Though every great warrior/superhero has a weakness. For superman it was Kryptonite, for the Green Lantern it was the colour yellow and for my dad it is math. That is why it will be very unlikely that he represents our great City of Windsor with a "Ghazal." This fearsome poem is made up like an odd numbered chain of
couplets, where each couplet is an independent poem. The "Ghazal" has a
refrain of one to three words that repeat, and an inline rhyme that
precedes the refrain.
Lines 1 and 2, then every second line, has this refrain and inline
rhyme, and the last couplet should refer to the authors pen-name... The
rhyming scheme is AA bA cA dA eA etc.
See, there is just too much math and too many rules to obey for my dad, who was instrumental in helping us with our History or English homework, but just dreadful when it came to math. Hence, the reason I was enrolled (against my own will) in KUMON math, summer 97.
Expect some "Free Verse" poetry to be tossed into the mix, allowing my dad to parade freely, like a dog running around on a farm. Speaking of dogs, this particular form of expression was used by Ezra Pound, who our late Scottish Terrier "Ezra" was named after.
There you have it sports fans, new Captain, Marty (dad) Gervais and what you may or may not hear from him ;)
In closing, I honour my father with a Haiku
With no leadership
Father appointed the Throne
Windsor Poet Laureate