Poetry Reading at the Library

We still have tickets for the wonderful Poetry Night at the Carleton Place Public Library on Friday, April 20th at 6:30pm. Join us for an evening of local poets Carol Stephen, Dean Steadman, Cliff D. Bird, Claudia Coutu Radmore and Lesley Strutt, who will read their own work and maybe answer a few questions at the end of the evening. It’s a great opportunity to get out of the house, and do something different. We promise, these poets will be fascinating!

Tickets are only $5 each, and all proceeds from that night’s event will go toward our Children’s Summer Literacy Program. Don’t miss out…this is just a special event for National Poetry Month!


Haiku, We Do!

Earlier this week, we enjoyed a fascinating the fun evening with local author and poet Claudia Radmore. She’d been a part of our “Local Authors Exposed” event in March, and we were delighted to have her back.

She taught us all about haiku, and we even had a chance to do a little bit of crafting. What a fun night!

Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month, and because of the fascinating Haiku workshop and poetry reading we’re having later this month, both presented by local author and poet Claudia Radmore, we’re thinking about rhyming. Yes, we understand you don’t have to rhyme in order to have a good poem, but it’s usually the first thing we think of when we talk about poetry.

A few years back, we included a fun link to a list of 19 words in the English language that don’t rhyme. One of them is orange. Mental Floss has gone one better, and includes a list with 23 words—and “words” that actually do rhyme with them! (Okay, some are suspect…including names.) See if you can think of any others.

Happy rhyming!


read the rest of the list here.  Can you think of any more?

Do you Haiku?

April is Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating! Do you want to learn more about Haiku? Discover the real power of the smallest poems in the world. See how just a few words can open a universe, and learn how to write them. “The Power of Haiku” takes place on Tuesday, April 10th at 6pm.

This wonderful event will be presented by Claudia Radmore, author of Fish Spine Picked Clean. Registration is required, so please call the library to find out how to get on the list. Spaces are limited. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this.

Did a Machine Write this?

backgroundCuratedAi is a new literary magazine that only includes work by….wait for it….robots.  Yes, this magazine features poetry and short stories written by A.I. machines, for people.  The editing is still done by humans, but they claim to keep a very light touch on entries. And honestly, some of the work isn’t that bad.

If you pop to the sight, you can read short poems that will make you stop and think twice. How did they do it? Why doe this work? They aren’t giving away many secrets about this yet. But the CBC website has a fun quiz for humans to take to see if you can tell the difference between AI Poetry, and CanLit.  How will you score? (Okay, I got 100%, so maybe the machines need a little more work?)

In Flanders Fields…

25241478Most countries cannot boast a poem as being something they are famous for, but In Flanders Fields by John McCrae is certainly known as Canada’s most important poem, by far. This year, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the writing of this poem, a new book entitled IN FLANDERS FIELDS: 100 YEARS, WRITING ON WAR, LOSS AND REMEMBRANCE has been released. It is a collection of poems, essays, and more by authors, poets, historians and historical figures from Canada, who have put down their thoughts about the war, the poem, and the poet John McCrae.

We have this book at the library, and it might be a great way to begin this important week. Drop in to see what else we have in our special Remembrance Day window, as well. You’re bound to find something to take home.

Lest we forget.