On February 13, 2019, we brought seven Toronto poets to Union Station to write personalized love poems for commuters. Throughout the day, folks lined up for their chance to bring home a written-on-the-spot poem by Dominique Bernier-Cormier, Ronna Bloom, Michael Fraser, Suparna Ghosh, Jessica Hiemstra, Kate Marshall Flaherty, or Rajinderpal S. Pal that transformed their life experiences and stories into an invaluable keepsake. People gathered, also, to hear from Anne Michaels, Lara Bozabalian, and SPIN El Poeta.
Our poets wrote over 60 poems and brought many more smiles; some tears. We thank the participating poets for their courage in trying something new – crafting poems on the spot from bits and pieces of information told by just-met strangers, and we thank the commuters who stopped by their tables for their vulnerability in sharing their stories. We couldn’t have asked for a more touching, beautiful day.
“You sit with a person in an intimate space, at a desk. Not across the desk, but together. And you just ask them questions. What’s on your mind? What’s on your heart? What do you think of when you think of train travel?” said Kate Marshall Flaherty, organizer of the event and participating poet.
We had Kate Marshall Flaherty write a love poem to our friends Access Copyright who a proud collective voice of writers, visual artists and publishers working to ensure that literacy, learning, reading and writing continue to be indispensable parts of our society.
Read What is access? by Kate Marshall Flaherty, written at Poetry in Union:
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We’d like to say a huge thank you to the folks at Union Station for helping make this day a success and for letting us fill such a spectacular venue with poetry!