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Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month

national poetry month poster 2017

From the simple and delightful rhymes learned in childhood – to sonnets that speak to the heart – to verse that gives voice to the darkness of human experience, poetry is a powerful and universal form of expression and communication, unbound by time or place or age, that enriches our cultural narrative.

Whether sung or slammed, written or recited, through poetry we declare who we are, how we feel, what we think, dream, and aspire.

On Mon March 27, Mayor Rick Goldring proclaimed April as National Poetry Month in Burlington, heralding a month of exciting events hosted by BPL and community partners. We invite you to join us as we celebrate poetry & poets & all things poetic. Read the proclamation

Poems of Reconciliation - April 1 to 30. Drop by the branch anytime this month and write a short poem about reconciliation. Share your poems by submitting them for display. Brant Hills

Introduction to Haiku - Wed April 5, 1-2.30pm. Learn about Japanese short form poetry in an informal creative writing workshop taught by Elizabeth Crocket. Call library to register. Aldershot

Dead Poets Society - Thu April 6, 6.30pm: Throwback Thursday Classic Film starring Robin Williams & Ethan Hawke (1989). Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Central

Anne of Green Gables - Wed April 19, 11am-2pm: The classic 1985 film version of novelist & poet L.M. Montgomery’s beloved book. Starring Megan Follows. National Canadian Film Day special event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Central

Time and the Land: A Three Poet Homage - Thu April 20. In this commemoration of the 150th year of Canadian Confederation, poets Laurence Hutchman, John B. Lee, Michael Mirolla demonstrate how their poetry reflects the changes of our land through time. They will read and speak about the importance of their own literary journey that expresses this. Call bookstore, 905.639.0925, to register. Location: A Different Drummer Books

Ladies & Gentleman… Mr. Leonard Cohen - Wed April 19, 2-4pm: 1965 documentary/bio about Cohen’s early days as a noted Montreal poet and novelist. National Canadian Film Day special event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Central

Haiku Poetry Workshop - Tue April 25, 7-8.30pm. Learn how to compose a traditional haiku. In partnership with Art Gallery of Burlington and the Burlington Mundialization Committee - Itabashi Sub-Committee. Call library to register. Location: Art Gallery of Burlington, Fireside Room.

Al Purdy Was Here - Wed April 26 6.30-8.30pm: Canadian musicians and artists tell the life story of Al Purdy in this 2015 documentary film. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Central

HYWire Youth Writing Workshop - Thu April 27, 7-8.30pm. Run monthly by Halton Youth Writers (HYWire) with a focus on spoken word and performance poetry. Alton

Burlington rocks poetry!

Random Acts of Poetry - Slam Beat Poets pop-up around the city all month long. The Burlington Slam Project

It's the National City Challenge - where cities are challenged to bring poetry into the council chambers - and local poet Alexandra Oliver, editor of online poetry journal, The Rotary Dial, will read a poem at the Burlington City Council meeting on April 18. 

Burlington Slam Project Open Mic & Poetry Slam - Thu April 20. The winner of this event will represent Burlington at the Individual World Poetry Slam this October. 

Have a favourite poem? Share it!

Poem in a Pocket Day, April 27 - Think of it as a super-sized social media Poem Recital! Post lines from your favorite poem on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr site. Tag @CanadianPoets, or use the hashtags #NPM17 or #poeticmoment.