The proviso: we can’t agree with the suggestion that Robert Service is ‘our greatest-ever Northerner.’ He wasn’t from the North, didn’t stay in the North, and never returned to the North after leaving Dawson City in 1912.
Still, ‘The Bard of the Yukon’ wrote some classic poetry, and did much to popularize the special qualities of the Canadian North, mythic or otherwise.
And, we love poetry. So we encourage you to put put pen to paper and submit your poem.
We just hope that the suggested ‘Northern’ theme will be open to interpretation. One man’s vision, however brilliant, is not enough to define a region as rich, as diverse, and as anciently populated as the North.