The Hap-happiest time of year! April is National Poetry Month!

April 1, 2014

Poetry lovers, it's that time of year once again, the most wonderful time of year... it's National Poetry Month! Pardon us for our excitement, but as a group of Canadian literary publishers that has produced 160 poetry collections over the last year alone, NPM is like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Canada Day all rolled into one for us (minus the need for roomy pants)!

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Poetry lovers, it’s that time of year once again, the most wonderful time of year… it’s National Poetry Month!

Pardon us for our excitement, but as a group of Canadian literary publishers that has produced 160 poetry collections over the last year alone, NPM is like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Canada Day all rolled into one for us (minus the need for roomy pants)!

You may remember our celebration from last year, CoCoPoPro. We featured 35 poems by 35 different poets in just 30 days! It was amazing to see fans of poetry follow along with us all through the month and engage with the poetry we were sharing.

Given the success of last year when the League of Canadian Poets announced that this year’s theme was Poetry City we knew we were in for another awesome NPM. What better way to celebrate the place of poetry in Canadian culture than to showcase poems that have been inspired by various places across Canada?

Over the next month a dozen Canadian poets will share with us one of their poems and tell us what place inspired them to write it. So follow along for some more coast-to-coast poetry fun!

Since this year is all about place, we’re also putting together some poetry readings all across the country! With the help of our members we’ll be celebrating NPM in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Halifax, and St. John’s. We’d love to see you come out to celebrate one of our favourite holidays with us!

Vancouver // April 28th // Cottage Bistro
With Sarah de Leeuw, John Barton, Dennis E. Bolen, Alex Leslie, Lawrence Feuchtwanger, Andrea Bennett, and Jacqueline Turner

Winnipeg // April 28th // McNally Robinson
With Roewan Crowe, John K Samson, Melanie Dennis Unrau, Maurice Mierau, John Weier, and Kerry Ryan

Halifax // April 22nd // Argyle Fine Art
With Geordie Miller, Rachel Lebowitz, Richard Norman, and Sylvia Hamilton

St. John’s // April 22nd // Ship Pub
With George Murray, Mary Dalton, Mark Callanan, Patrick Warner, and Stan Dragland

We’ll be back tomorrow with our first poem. Happy National Poetry Month!

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Need to get caught up on our Poetry City tour? Here's where we went:

Yellowknife // "Inheritance" from Knife Throwing Through Self-Hypnosis by Robin Richardson, published by ECW Press
Port Renfew, Vancouver Island // "In a small boat off Port Renfrew" from Blue Sonoma by Jane Munro, published by Brick Books
Vancouver // "Of the Hollow" from MxT by Sina Queyras, published by Coach House Books
Northern BC & Alberta // "Topography" from Geographies of a Lover by Sarah de Leeuw, published by NeWest Press
St. Catharines, ON // "I'm From St. Catharines" from Re:union by Geordie Miller, published by Invisible Publishing
Toronto, ON // "Torontoist" from Begin with the End in Mind by Emma Healey, published by ARP Books
Montreal, QC // “Not Christakos Hieroglyphs” from Bent at the Spine by Nicole Markotić, published by BookThug
Antigonish, NS // "Song of Their Small Vineyard in Antigonish" from The New Blue Distance by Jeanette Lynes, published by Wolsak & Wynn
St. John's, NL // "Unsaid" by Carmelita McGrath from The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry, edited by Mark Callanan & James Langer, published by Breakwater Books

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Want even more poetry? Check out the League of Canadian Poets website.

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Edited from the original post, published on the LPG blog


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