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Poetry in Transit

From our friends at the League of Canadian Poets

Pattison Outdoor Advertising, in collaboration with the League of Canadian Poets will launch a year-long program, Poetry in Transit, on July 1, 2013. The program will feature poems by 15 award-winning and internationally renowned Canadian writers in 13 cities across the country.

Celebrating the work of Canadian poets and offering an engaging diversion for millions of commuters, the program expands on the popular public transit poetry initiatives that ran in various Canadian cities starting in 1996. Toronto’s version, entitled ‘Poetry on the Way’ ran from 1998 to 2011.

Pattison Outdoor is placing one poem per bus in the overhead spaces between ads, creating moving venues for verse and providing commuters the opportunity to encounter some of the best poetry Canada has to offer. This broad-reaching literary initiative will be on all buses in Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Durham, Oakville, Ottawa, Toronto, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat throughout the coming year.

“We at the League of Canadian Poets are delighted to be involved in the Poetry in Transit project. It is part of our vision to see poetry displayed in places where it may find a new audience. What better place than the buses that so many of us use every day? We are grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts and Pattison Outdoor for being our partners in this wonderful endeavour,” said M. E. Csamer, President, League of Canadian Poets.

The poetry selections were chosen by a jury made up of members from the League of Canadian Poets, and include verses by the following:

  • George Amabile “Horizon” from The Presence of Fire (McClelland & Stewart, 1982)
  • bill bissett “IT USD 2 B” from scars on th seehors (Talonbooks, 1999)
  • Dionne Brand “I Have Been Losing Roads, I v” from Land To Light On (McClelland & Stewart, 1997)
  • Elizabeth Brewster “Daphne” from Jacob’s Dream (Oberon Press, 2002)
  • George Elliott Clarke “Translated from the Spanish” from Wylah Falls (Gaspereau Press, 2010)
  • Lorna Crozier “In Moonlight” from The Garden Going On Without Us (McClelland & Stewart, 1985)
  • Marilyn Dumont “Hastings” from green girl dreams Mountains (Oolichan, 2001)
  • George Johnston “Us Together” from Endeared by Dark (The Porcupine’s Quill, 1990)
  • Robert Kroetsch “Playing Cards with My Sisters” from Too Bad: Sketches Toward a Self-Portrait (University of Alberta Press, 2010)
  • M. Travis Lane “The Cove” from The All-Nighter’s Radio (Guernica Editions, 2010)
  • P. K. Page “This Heavy Craft” from The Hidden Room: Collected Poems, Volume Two (The Porcupine's Quill, 1997)
  • Patrick M. Pilarski “Pelicans” from huge blue: western canadian travel sketches (Leaf Press, 2009)
  • Joseph Sherman “The Rim” from American Standard and Other Poems (Oberon Press, 2001)
  • Glen Sorestad “Aide Memoir” from Leaving Holds Me Here: Selected Poems (Thistledown Press, 2001)
  • Anna Yin “Still Life” from Wings Toward Sunlight (Mosaic Press, 2011)
  • Poetry in Transit is part of Art in Transit, Pattison Onestop’s year-long arts and culture program. The program has received financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information on Poetry in Transit, visit the Art in Transit website.

    1 comment

    Public transit is very important for the transportation to different areas. People always get the initiative of it by using the public transportation. Some people like to write poems while traveling to different places by the public transit system or simply we can say bus. I have also seen people singing songs while traveling by buses. These are the enjoyment that you can get while traveling in a train.

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