National Poetry Month
Date posted: April 7, 2015
April is National Poetry Month in Canada. This year’s theme is Food and Poetry. This theme was inspired by Rachel Rose’s inaugural speech as Vancouver’s Poet Laureate.
“Everyone has something to say about food, whether it is the activist challenging the cruelties of conventional farming, the exile remembering the waft of spices on lost streets, or the child writing about the sockeye salmon she buys at Granville Island. Food is personal, political, sensual, and powerful. It concerns every one of us. It’s time to write hymns to dumplings, sonnets to community gardens, love lyrics to beekeepers, odes to the food banks that fed your family while you were sick, pantoums to the lost spices of home now that you are an exile, fierce free verse about conventional chicken farming, performance poetry about guerilla gardens, hymns to the feasts your grandmother prepared, incantations about poverty and food insecurity and bohemian rhapsodies about dumpster diving.” – Rachel Rose
For ideas on using poetry with adult and young adult learners, browse:
- Celebrating language with adult literacy students: lessons to engage and inspire
- Enriching our lives: poetry lessons for adult literacy teachers and tutors
- Get lit : a 12-week course in literacy (and life) through poetry
- Our difficult sunlight : a guide to poetry, literacy, & social justice in classroom & community
To borrow any or all of these books, email firstname.lastname@example.org.