We’re kicking off our 30-Day Coast-to-Coast Poetry Project (and, forgive us, but we may refer to this as CoCoPoPro). By the end of the month we'll have shared a new poem every day from a different poet, collection, and independent Canadian publisher.
A few months ago, I had a conversation with a customs officer that went something like this:
Him: What do you do for a living?
Me: I work for a professional association of Canadian publishers.
Him: What kind of publishers?
Me: Book publishers.
Him: What kind of books?
Me: Novels. Poetry.
Me: Yes. *Long silence* Him: They still make poetry?
Me: Um, yup.
In fact, in 2012 the Literary Press Group publishers collectively produced more than 170 titles of diverse Canadian poetry created by accomplished poets from every corner of this country. So, yes. They still make poetry. And the goal of National Poetry Month (which starts today!) is to take poetry beyond its usual haunts; to share it with people who might not realize how much they'll enjoy it.
So today we’re kicking off our 30-Day Coast-to-Coast Poetry Project (and, forgive us, but we may refer to this as CoCoPoPro). By the end of the month we'll have shared a new poem every day from a different poet, collection, and independent Canadian publisher.
Each poet has also answered a special Q&A, and you'll love the responses.
So support your independent, local publishers of fine Canadian literature: Read, tweet, share, and join the conversation! --Taryn
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