Part 2: A. F. Moritz I was in my final year at U of T when I heard that Canadian Poet, A.F. Moritz was putting together a master's class for poetry. He was only taking 12 students and the selection process for those students included submitting one original unpublished poem, so I went right to work … Continue reading 4 Canadian Poets who have Inspired Me
Part 1: Dr. Lynn Crosbie Two years ago I graduated from U of T, where I majored in English Literature…I was 38 years old. Even though I had a promising academic future after high school, circumstances beyond my control pushed me into the workforce and away from academia. I was bitter about that for a … Continue reading 4 Canadian Poets who have Inspired Me
The weather has been teasing us with these warmer temperatures. Now, all I can think about is spring. There's something about this time of year that sparks my creativity and gets me revved up for writing. I have written many poems about spring, but this one is my favourite. Why? Because it's not your typical … Continue reading A Poem about Spring
https://youtu.be/j64SctPKmqk I know it’s a movie and that it’s crafted to elicit an emotional response, but can poetry really have the power to move people to action? Absolutely! https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2017/02/05/protest-poetry-alive-is-alive-and-well Poetry is a call to action. Canada's Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke states, “In very short order, those people who feel that the current American … Continue reading Not Just Words
Poetry has a bad rap. Well, maybe not “bad” per se, but for the average non-literary-real-world-bill-paying-pragmatist, poetry is more of a “what’s the point?” kind of thing. On one hand, you have the academics who dissect and parse like scientists with a microscope, and on the other, the love-sick, who turn to poetry to woo, … Continue reading Turing Test for Poetry
When the time came for me to start writing this blog, I did what any self-respecting professional would do—I turned to my kids for help. Me: “Okay kids, do you think poetry is important?” Kid #1: “Yes, Mom.” Me: (She’s 15 years old and thinks she’s mastered the most efficient way to get her mother … Continue reading Is Poetry Important?