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National Poetry Month: Poetry Contest Begins!

April 1, 2023 , 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

“The League of Canadian Poets has crafted a prose poem of interpretations of joy. They invite all poets and poetry enthusiasts to ask themselves “What does JOY mean to me?” this April 2023.

joy is. reading by a window with a soft blanket. an old plant with a new bloom. a completed to-do-list. the first big snowfall. banana bread in the oven. the squeak of sand under bare feet. a cat purring on my lap. finding the perfect GIF to send to the groupchat. a hot cup of coffee. filling the page with unplanned words. freshly painted nails. still and quiet moments of solitude, when all there is to do is rest. cold, crisp mornings. the careful turn of an old book’s pages. a fresh bowl of ramen. feeling blessed and loved. setting a personal best. my favourite pair of sneakers. planting vegetables in the garden. sitting on the couch doing nothing, partner on one side, dog on the other. the crack of a home run. a warm cup of milky Earl Grey. a sunset from a plane window.”

Perth Union Library wants to know: What does JOY mean to you?

Write a poem about what joy means to you and submit it to mwolford@perthunionlibrary.ca or the front desk (1 submission per person- be sure to include your name, age and contact information) by April 22- Local poet Kimberley Murphy will choose the winners and they will be announced on April 28th!

3 categories: children, teen and adult. Prizes for each!


April 1, 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm