Poet Laureate of Cobourg
These posts include poetry written for occasions in my role as Poet Laureate and some of the related projects and events.
The First Day of School On the first day possibilities thrive dreams come alive together we create and relate. Our classroom holds the universe in the eye of each child. We can learn on the moon dancing like a balloon in zero gravity reading about oceans as you float on the boat that was once your chair in a classroom daring to become a jungle. Stretch your words taste each number go outside and notice what’s growing in the schoolyard. Watch closely when the seasons change. Write your story show your friends share who you are and sing with your eyes. Every question is an adventure, an invitation to change the world to be kind, understanding this is what it means to be human. We celebrate being alive with wonder and belonging everyone here a twinkling star in the system of our community.
© Jessica Outram
This poem was revised in September 2021.
A new monthly column in Cobourg Now: A Local News Magazine. Each month will feature a poem by a local poet and a letter to the poet about poetry and life.
My hope is that we can connect more readers to our wonderful poets and that we can encourage people to write poetry.
Each month a link to the column will be added here:
Happy Earth Day!
It was such a joy to put together this eChapbook featuring poetry and images for Earth Day 2021. Each year celebrating Earth Day feels more vital. We are blessed to live on such a beautiful, abundant planet. On Earth Day we express our gratitude and we renew our commitment to care for our Earth. This eChapbook is a collection of poetry and images exploring the theme: Lessons from the Earth.
We can learn something new every day when we pay attention. Thank-you so much to the contributors for generously sharing their talents. Thank-you to our readers for giving your time to reflect on the environment.
With this project, we also celebrate National Poetry Month.
Watch some of the contributors read their work!
It began as a weekly Poetry Present delivered to your inbox. We continue to connect as a community in that way. Poets who share a connection to Cobourg and the surrounding area submit poems.
After nearly two years of this project, it was time to expand. Poetry Invites was introduced in January 2021. This invites all poets from anywhere to be inspired by our town and the things we value here. Each month a new prompt is emailed to our Poetry Present list.
Cobourg Present launched on February 1, 2021 and is the product of the monthly prompts. It will continue to grow throughout the year so be sure to check this link each month.
What is Poetry Invites?
Cobourg is a dynamic town filled with landscapes, people, and places that inspire. Let’s use our town to inspire poetry we can share!
Encouraging others to create is an important part of my mission as Poet Laureate. The goal of Poetry Invites is to invite anyone who is interested (from here or anywhere) to write poetry inspired by our town.
Poetry is good medicine! All the prompts will be easy to access safely while we navigate our way through COVID-19 protocols. Most prompts will be outdoors or utilize online resources. The prompts will be an invitation to reflect on a theme, a place, or idea. You can write the poem in any form you choose!
Let’s join together and write in community! Engage in the prompts, share your poems, and then read the poems of others!
For the subscribers of Poetry Present and all our friends we have put together an eChapbook to celebrate Earth Day and National Poetry Month.