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Celebrating Poetry with Caledon Public Library

April is National Poetry Month and this year marks the 25th year since the establishment of this event in Canada. It celebrates the importance of poetry in our society and encourages people to immerse themselves in the world of poetry.

The library is celebrating National Poetry Month by hosting a Poetry Tool Kit workshop. This workshop will begin with an hour of prompted poetry writing that celebrates everyone’s unique voice. Then our facilitators will explore how to employ “tension” and “connection” using outstanding examples in modern poetry.

Kate Marshall Flaherty

This two-hour workshop will be facilitated by Kate Marshall Flaherty and James Dewar. Kate is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) message instructor and an award-winning poet, with seven books of poetry and years of poetry-making experience for all ages.  James Dewar is also a certified AWA facilitator and teaches fiction and poetry workshops in Canada and internationally. His short fiction and poetry collections have been published

in several anthologies and literary journals. He is also the co-publisher of Piquant Press. If you are interested in exploring your poetic soul, register for this program here.

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James Dewar

Plus. in anticipation of National Poetry Month, check out the following titles for inspiration:

Home Body by Rupi Kaur

Celebrated author of “Milk and Honey”, returns with a reflective and lyrical journey in this collection of poems. Her writing deals with mental health, gender norms, and love & acceptance.

Burning sugar by Cicely Belle Blain

A poetic exploration of Black identity, history, and lived experience influenced by the constant search for liberation. In this incendiary debut collection, activist and poet Cicely Belle Blain intimately revisits familiar spaces to expose the legacy of colonization and its impact on Black bodies.

I place you into the fire by Rebecca Thomas

The incisive poetry collection from Mi’kmaw spoken-word poet and former poet laureate of Kjipuktuk, Nova Scotia. This candid and hopeful collection deals with justice, loss, and equality.

The response of weeds by Bertrand Bickersteth

This stylistically complex collection of poems explores what it means to be black and Albertan from varying prisms.

Bones by Tyler Pennock

Poems about a young two-spirit Indigenous person moving through shadow and trauma toward strength and awareness.

Dearly by Margaret Atwood

By internationally acclaimed author Margaret Atwood, a collection of poetry that combines vulnerability, whimsy, and realism to offer a memorable collection that is sure to entice readers.

Poet warrior by Joy Harjo

This moving and poignant memoir details the life of U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo.  This read is sure to offer a lot of food for thought.

Time Is A Mother by Ocean Vuong

In this deeply intimate and haunting second poetry collection, writer Ocean Vuong searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death

Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

An American poet and activist that read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20, 2021, and is the youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration in United States history.

Looking for more great reads, be sure to check out our Caledon Staff Shelf Indulgence lists. Each month we put together a list of the movies and books that Caledon Library staff have read, watched and enjoyed throughout the month. We hope that you will find something on these monthly lists that intrigues, inspires or entertains you.

Happy reading!


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