It’s poetry month in the Townships

By Gordon Lambie
It’s poetry month in the Townships
(Photo : Carolynn Rafman)

April is National poetry month, and the fact that people are trapped inside is not stopping some local poets from sharing their favourite art form.
Prior to the coming of COVID-19 , Hatley resident Angela Leuck was planning to bring back her annual “Bards and Biscuits” poetry night for a third edition, expanding the project beyond the walls of the North Hatley library to other local venues. Not to be put off by a pandemic, the organizer shifted that plan to an online poem-a-day project in which, for each of the days of April a different local woman poet contributes a poem.
“Not surprisingly a lot of people are thinking about the virus, so a lot of poems are influenced by what we’re living through,” Leuck said, describing the project as both a way for people to become familiar with the idea that there are women poets active in the area and a way of connecting with how people are coping in this difficult time. “Poetry has been described as the shortest distance between two people. You can connect fast to a poem and know a little bit about that person that they’ve shared.”
The listing of poems submitted so far can be found at http://bibliolennoxvillelibrary.ca/thirty-days-thirty-poets/.

See full story in the April 24 edition of The Outlet.

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