New Directions & Poetry

Indie hip-hop artist named Poet Laureate of Edmonton, Alberta

Posted in Uncategorized by New Directions on May 28, 2009

From the online independent music magazine, Pitchfork:

“Nimble indie rapper and former Pitchfork writer Rollie Pemberton, aka Cadence Weapon, is now a poet motherf–king laureate. According to The Canadian Press, on July 1, Pemberton will officially start his two-year tenure as laureate of his native city, Edmonton, Alberta.

To be clear: There is a guy who used to write for Pitchfork who is now a poet laureate. See mom, I told you this isn’t a dead-end career!
But, in true hip-hop fashion, there are a few haters none too happy with the appointment. Swagger jackers include departing laureate E.D. Blodgett, ‘a 74-year-old professor emeritus who has published 19 collections of poetry,’ according to The Globe and Mail.

But Pemberton is brushing them off, saying, ‘Maybe I should have a poet battle. If people have beef, we’ll see who has the illest prose. Who can do a poem about a flower better? I can make you feel like this flower is in your mouth, man. Delicate.’ Somebody get Smack DVD on line one!

Congrats, dude!”

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  1. ZEITGEIST said, on May 29, 2009 at 7:20 am

    […] you might enjoy the new poet laureate of Edmonton, Roland Pemberton/Cadence Weapon. (Via the New Directions poetry blog). The Globe and Mail has an interview with Pemberton, in which he explains how to […]


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