National Poetry Month Blog

Broken and Beaten Things: On Resilience by Bertrand Bickersteth

Can you consider something resilient if it’s broken? This question emerges from my tendency to confuse persistence and resilience. There…
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all this out of spite by jaye simpson

There are mornings when I wake up and can’t seem to locate myself. I am in a different bedroom  in…
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10 Recent Poetry Titles by Queer Poets in Canada

by Emily Schimp for National Poetry Month 2021 Coconut by Nisha Patel (April 2021, NeWest Press) Canadian National Slam Champion,…
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The Various Stages of Disbelief: Surviving Lockdown as an Introvert Without (Completely) Losing Your Mind by Liana Cusmano

For those of us who are introverts, the prohibition of large social gatherings will not have affected us as much…
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Ask a Longlister: Who Do You Write Your Poems For?

We asked the poets longlisted for the 2021 Book Awards some questions about their writing lives, inspirations and -of course…
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The Golden Bed: On Resilience by Britta B

  : listening for sirens : flashbacks bounce passed : you spit net fluently : you don’t live with any…
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Resilience is a Scam by Adèle Barclay

Resilience is a scam. What I mean by that is the way we toss the concept of resilience around like…
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Struggle, Strength, and the Gift of Sensitivity: on Resilience by Vironika Wilde

I contemplated abandoning the topic of resilience within five minutes of research. The adverbs I found in every dictionary definition…
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18 Interpretations of Resilience by H.E. Casson

Resilience is a coin On one side is strength, on the other, vulnerability. We’re not one or the other—we’re both.…
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Applauding Every Win: On Resilience by Amoya Reé

I’m running another virtual Spoken Word workshop (COVID amirite?) and one of the participants, a young, queer, BIPOC musician asks…
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