NPM19: Announcing a new award from the League of Canadian Poets!

To close out National Poetry Month 2019, the League is very excited to announce something big that we’re looking forward to launching this year… a brand new $10,000 poetry prize! We couldn’t think of a better way to say farewell to #NPM19 than to share something for rising talents in Canadian poetry to look forward…

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NPM19: Weekly Round-Up | WEEK FOUR

Overwhelmed by all the amazing National Poetry Month content coming out every day? Need a refresher? We’ll be rounding up our blog content, along with the awesome stuff our friends at Read Local BC, Open Book, All Lit Up, and CBC Books are releasing – plus other NPM news that catches our eye each week; all month long. – From the League’s own…

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NPM19: Canadian Independent Bookstore Day

In honour of Canadian Independent Bookstore Day – a day to support the amazing independent bookstores in our communities that help maintain a thriving book industry across the country – we’re sharing a selection of photos sent to us by indie bookstores all around Canada of National Poetry Month displays! We’re touched to see how…

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NPM19: Guest Post | By Fenn Stewart

As many Indigenous leaders and writers have pointed out, the colonial falsehood that Canada was initially, or is essentially, a place of “wilderness” (in other words, empty of people) “underl[ies] a lot of the issues going on today, specifically aboriginal title and rights, land claims, the land question.”[1] This falsehood has been reproduced in nature…

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NPM19: Guest Post | By Fenn Stewart

As many Indigenous leaders and writers have pointed out, the colonial falsehood that Canada was initially, or is essentially, a place of “wilderness” (in other words, empty of people) “underl[ies] a lot of the issues going on today, specifically aboriginal title and rights, land claims, the land question.”[1] This falsehood has been reproduced in nature…

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#NPM19: Weekly Round-Up | WEEK THREE

Overwhelmed by all the amazing National Poetry Month content coming out every day? Need a refresher? We’ll be rounding up our blog content, along with the awesome stuff our friends at Read Local BC, Open Book, All Lit Up, 49th Shelf, and CBC Books are releasing – plus other NPM news that catches our eye each week; all month long. – From the League’s…

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#NPM19: 5 Nature Activities to Invigorate your Writing Practice!

The theme for National Poetry Month this year is nature – a broad topic, especially within the context of Canada across which are spread varied types of landscapes and natural environments. Whether it’s mountain ranges, deserts, forests, oceans, or plains; whether it’s a cityscape or a landscape, for #NPM19, we encourage you to spend time…

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#NPM19: What might grow from this | By Terrence Abrahams

“I got tired of learning masculinity from humans, so I studied the male wren, building his nest twig by twig, singing a sweet song to attract a mate, feeding his young via beak. I studied the barred owl, solitary witness calling out to others from his perch high up in an old burr oak, his…

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#NPM19: Weekly Round-Up | WEEK TWO

Overwhelmed by all the amazing National Poetry Month content coming out every day? Need a refresher? We’ll be rounding up our blog content, along with the awesome stuff our friends at Read Local BC, Open Book, All Lit Up, 49th Shelf, and CBC Books are releasing – plus other NPM news that catches our eye each week; all month long. – From…

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#NPM19: the music of our mother’s movement and voice | By Rita Bouvier

As I begin the task of writing, I am distracted by the cacophony of birdsongs that fill the air in this otherwise, quiet afternoon in the Coachella Valley. Spring has returned! The air is filled with insistent tweets, whistles and warbles. Nearby, tiny hummingbirds are hovering expeditiously or is it precipitously over the flowers of…

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