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National Poetry Month

by Lindsay Bontje on 2021-04-01T16:59:00-04:00 in Collections Spotlight | Comments


April is Canada’s 23rd National Poetry Month. Celebrate by reading some wonderful Canadian poetry available at Humber Libraries.  

Read some of the best Canadian poetry of 2020, according to CBC Books

  • I am Still your Negro, by poet, author, and public speaker Valerie Mason-John, speaks truth and unsettles readers about the scars and trauma of slavery, sexism and colonization. 
  • Swivelmount by Newfoundland and Toronto poet Ken Babstock are “poems to read in the small hours before dawn, when the sirens start up again.” 
  • The Response of the Weeds, by Albertan debut poet Bertrand Bickersteth, brings to life the experiences and stories of early Black settlers in Western Canada and what it means to be Black and Albertan. 

Move a little closer to home and check out some poetry written by Humber and Guelph-Humber authors: 

  •  Yes or Nope, by Meaghan Strimas, explores the lives of women, girls and a few bad men who maybe wish they were a little better.
  • Voodoo Hypothesis, by 2021 Windham-Campbell Prize winner Canisia Lubrin, asks “what happens if the systems of belief that give science, religion and culture their importance were actually applied to the contemporary “black experience”?”
  • Dreampad, by Jeff Latosik, is a hopeful, timely new collection of poems that take up our ever-evolving relationship with technology. 

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