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Welcome to the world of poetry, Fort Collins. It’s a tough world; one where writers agonize over the usage of each and every comma; one where said writers try their hardest to convey a feeling, image or idea with precision and clarity. It’s a world that has long been somewhat underground in Fort Collins. Happily, however, it is finally beginning to rise above the surface. In late fall of 2011, Wolverine Farm Publishing, which publishes Matter Journal and Matterhorn, held a contest that would name the official Poet Laureate of Fort Collins. On December 16, after over 1,000 votes, the contest was deemed a tie between Michael Bussmann and Matthew Sage (pictured here). The two have created a website, fcplaureates.wordpress.com, that showcases their work and offers insights on poetry and highlights poetry events around town.