Poetry in Union

Poetry in Union – A Poetry Experience for Valentine’s Day

We have all experienced distance and disconnection in the past year. On February 14th, 2021, we invite you to join us for a special Valentine’s Day Poetry Experience, connecting hearts across the distance.

Spontaneous poetry writing can capture the feeling, image or essence of a special moment, event or conversation. We will connect you with a Canadian Poet who, after a brief conversation, will write a unique, personal, and beautiful spontaneous poem just for you. This unique experience is an uplifting way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, connecting us for an intimate moment when many of us are so far apart.

For the past few years, we have offered spontaneous poetry-writing live and in person at Union, station to great success, but this year we have been challenged to be creative and take the event online … and for a good cause …

Every poem will support the League of Canadian Poets in our ever-expanding outreach and support of diverse poetry projects across Canada, regional poet initiatives, readings, and evens, mentorship with emerging poets and support of BIPOC and anti-oppression initiatives.

How it Works:

  • Book your 20-minute slot via our form (click here) or fill in below
  • You’ll receive a confirmation email with your timeslot and connection details after completing your purchase. Please carefully read the instructions in your confirmation email.
  • On the day of, log in!
  • You’ll join us in our poetry waiting room
  • When one of our poets is available, you will be moved to a private meeting room (you may have to wait up to 5 minutes to join)
  • You will meet your poet for a brief interview, in which the poet may ask a few questions
  • When your poet has enough material to produce a poem, they will get to work writing
  • A few moments later, your poet will read the poem to you
  • You’ll receive an image of your hand-written, custom poem via email the same day, signed by a Canadian poet
  • Then, you can print, share, frame, or send your poem as you like!

This event is perfect if:

  • You would like to commemorate a special event, moment, or time in your life
  • You would like to create a unique portrait of your relationship or friendship in the form of a lasting poem
  • You are looking for a unique Valentine’s Day Gift for someone else that is safe to send during the pandemic
  • You are looking to connect with loved ones from afar
  • You would like to have a beautiful personal poem written by a Canadian poet
  • You would like to send the gift of connection and spontaneous poetry to a loved one or thank a front-line worker, neighbour, barista, checkout person or acquaintance for their support

Enjoy an imaginative Valentine’s Day experience that connects you with a poet, your own story and mirrors your words in the form of a meaningful personal poem – all while benefitting the League of Canadian Poets with your generous donation.

 

Poetry in Union Experience
2022 Dates coming soon!
Cost $20 for a poem
Experience Time: 20 minutes

 

 

FAQ:

How long does this experience last?: You will need to dedicate 20 minutes for this event, but will speak privately with your poet for about 10 minutes; the poet will then write a poem for five and read it aloud.

Can more than one person participate in a timeslot?: Our poets can accommodate up to 2 people for the same poetry writing experience, but no more. If you have questions about your spontaneous poetry writing experience, please email admin@poets.ca

Can I book a specific poet?: Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to connect you with the poet of your choice. However, on the day of the event when you enter the Poetry Waiting Room, please send a message to your host if you would like to work with a specific poet. We will do our best to accommodate you.

Do I need to have a topic in mind?: Absolutely not! Our poets will prompt you with conversation, questions and insights to help you to form your thoughts and a poem

Can I work with a poet to create a gift for someone else?: Yes! A personal poem that comes from the heart is an excellent gift for a loved one.

Can I gift someone else a spontaneous poetry writing experience?: Yes! When you click to sign up for the event, you’ll have the option of sending it as a gift. If you have questions about this, please email admin@poets.ca

 

Proceeds from this Event

All proceeds from this event will be contributed to the League of Canadian Poets. Donations to the League help us grow and sustain our outreach programs (like Poetry Pause), create paid publication opportunities for poets (like the LCP Chapbook Series), support our awards in recognition of the incredible talents in Canadian poetry, and better connect and support our hundreds of poet members across Canada. Your donations to the League go directly towards furthering our goal of nurturing a professional poetic community in Canada.

 


Learn more about previous years’ Poetry In Union:

What is Poetry in Union?

At this event, a selection of Toronto’s strongest, most diverse and most talented poets will provide personalized poetry on request to reflect participants’ own experiences and stories. This is a unique opportunity to interact directly with an artist to create a romantic valentine’s gift, celebrate a friend, experience, or key moment.

Poetry in Union is the perfect way to add a touch of art, poetry, and romance to the daily lives of commuters and travelers in Toronto. In addition to original poetry, commuters will have access to free treats and hot chocolate, romantic gifts, spoken word poetry performances and live piano.

Check out past Poetry in Union events:

Poetry in Union 2019

Poetry in Union 2020

Poetry in Union 2021

“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 2019 event and participating poet.

 


This event is based on the success of The Poet is In – an annual project that takes place at Grand Central Station in New York. Find out more about The Poet is In.

Share your excitement or follow along with other people’s Poetry in Union experiences by following @torontounion and @canadianpoets on Twitter, and using the hashtag #PoetryInUnion!