This poem was composed to celebrate the theme “Sharing Across the Arts” at the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts Opening Reception on October 25, 2019.
We were honoured to have the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, visit the festival and speak so passionately about the arts and their importance in our communities.
Share My Arts
Give me your brush
and I’ll sing your portrait.
Give me your trumpet
and I’ll paint your song.
Give me your pen
and I’ll sculpt your novel.
Give me your books
and I’ll shoot your poem.
Give me your camera
and I’ll tango your picture.
Give me your dance
and I’ll write your solo.
Give me your time
and I’ll share my arts.
I want to write more about Cobourg. Explore its locations and history. I’d love to do this with you! In the new year I plan to launch a new project as Poet Laureate. I’m still working out the details but the broad strokes of the plan is to offer some free writing workshops in various locations around town. Let’s be inspired together!
Join us October 24 to October 26, 2019 for a weekend of sharing across the arts. Click here for more information.
I will be sharing a new poem at the Opening Gala. I’ve also created my first multi-media poetry experience called “What the Bay Saw” for Saturday’s Words on a Wire event. Finally, one of my memoirs is included in the latest volume of Hill Spirits.
I’m looking forward to celebrating the arts with local artists and writers!
I wrote this poem for Cobourg’s Take Back the Night event on September 19, 2019. I also read it at Port Hope’s Take Back the Night event on October 9, 2019.
Last week I received a memorable, thoughtful gift: a poem. I attended the Cobourg Poetry Workshop’s meeting and one of the poets, Doug Langille, had composed this poem. He recited it for us, gave me a copy, and then told me I could share it here.
Cobourg has a dynamic writing and arts community. Shining a light on the poetry and profiles of local writers is an important part of my mission as Poet Laureate. The goal of Poetry Present is to celebrate the community of poetry writers and readers who share a connection to Cobourg and Northumberland Region.
There is a vibrant presence of poetry in Cobourg, Ontario.
Happy Canada Day, Cobourg! It was an honour to share a new poem today at Cobourg’s Canada Day Festivities.
Today I want to celebrate kindness, compassion, and generosity; to celebrate Canadian communities from coast to coast like this one that are filled with inspiring people like you; to celebrate you for coming together today; and, to celebrate the beauty and significance of the stunning natural landscape we all share.