National Poetry Month 2017


To think of time–of all that retrospection!
To think of to-day, and the ages continued henceforward!

From “To Think of Time” by Walt Whitman

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This National Poetry Month, we celebrate time: its gifts, its history, its potential. We celebrate your ten-thousand-hour dedication to mastery. We celebrate your drafts, your notes, your failed projects, your future success. We celebrate the journey. We invite you to join us in celebrating the timeless journey of poetry this April: share the most important moments from your literary history, or tell us about the most exciting parts of your literary future.

From songs and the oral tradition to the page and beyond, time has traversed language, culture, and progress to give us an invisible and unbreakable framework for everything we do. As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, time perseveres: language, land, and community celebrate an ongoing history of their own. We want to take this National Poetry Month to reflect on time and all of its gifts, to acknowledge the past and look forward to what will come next.

The League is excited to be planning a month of time-related content on our blog and social media, and we encourage you to join in! We’ve prepared some suggestions on popular ways to get involved with NPM, which you can find here or you can download and share. Like us on Facebook, join us on Twitter, or check back here for regular updates and guest posts throughout April! Take part by tagging us @CanadianPoets, or using the hashtags #NPM17 or #poeticmoment. Find our official poster, bookmark, and other time-themed visuals here! Contact if you are interested in receiving physical bookmarks or posters for your classroom, library, office, or event.

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