Poetry & Healing

Poetry and Healing #NPM2020

Poetry throughout the ages has been prophetic, beautiful as well as healing. With the outbreak of COVID-19, we feel it is best to postpone the Poetry and Healing event for the safety of those involved, and those on the frontlines. But, we want to continue to support SickKids, and bring together the poetry community for good during these difficult times.

Throughout the month of April, join Kate Marshall Flaherty, Al Moritz (Poet Laureate of Toronto), Luciano Iacobelli, Lois Lorimer, Daniel David Moses, Ronna Bloom, Rajinderpal S. Pal, Catherine Graham, Dr. Conor Mc Donnell, Jacob Shier, Ayesha Chatterjee, Corrado Paina and Grace Ma in celebrating the healing power of poetry.

Support poetry and SickKids Hospital from your home.

The League is also looking for donations to SickKids as a part of this event fundraiser, and especially in these difficult times of outbreak and isolation.

Donate to SickKids here

 

Poets will be sharing recordings of their poetry throughout April, and within it, the healing journey of writing, or reading, or sharing, poetry. With Poetry & Healing, we all can explore the indigenous concept of “medicine,” the healing power of words, and the transformative and inspiring power of poetry.

Follow this page as well as the League on Facebook for memorable poetry for a wonderful cause — all April long!

 

April 1

Kate Marshall Flaherty

 

Kate Marshall Flaherty introduces “Poetry and Healing,” reads Lynn Unger’s “Pandemic,” followed by a meditation and poetry prompt to musical score by Cathy Nosaty.

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April 4

Dr. Conor Mc Donnell’s poem, “with the end unfolding around us,” read by Katie, to musical score by Gabe Flaherty, followed by a meditation and poetry prompt to musical score by Cathy Nosaty.

 

 

Listen to Kate Marshall Flaherty read Dr. Conor Mc Donnell’s poem “with the end unfolding around us:”

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April 7

Ronna Bloom
Ronna Bloom

 

Ronna Bloom reads “The Work” and “Salve,” followed by a meditation and poetry prompt, all to musical score by Cathy Nosaty.

 

 

Listen to Ronna Bloom:

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April 10

Lois Lorimer
Lois Lorimer

Lois Lorimer reads “The Healing Play: Cast of Characters,” “The Plum Tree,” and “Rescue Dog,” to musical score composed by Gabe Flaherty, followed by a meditation and poetry prompt to musical score by Cathy Nosaty.

 

 

Listen to Lois Lorimer:

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April 13

Kate Marshall Flaherty
Kate Marshall Flaherty

 

Kate Marshall Flaherty reads “Tumour,” and “Just a Titch,” both to musical scores by Gabe Flaherty, followed by a meditation and poetry prompt to musical score by Cathy Nosaty.

 

 

Listen to Kate Marshall Flaherty:

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April 16

Luciano Iacobelli reads “The Tall Dark Talks,” followed by a meditation and poetry prompt to musical score by Cathy Nosaty.

 

 

Listen to Luciano Iacobelli:

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April 18

Rajinderpal S. Pal reads “Meryam Ana,” to mesmerizing music by Abir Abigail Khir, followed by a meditation and poetry prompt to musical score by Cathy Nosaty.

 

 

Listen to Rajinder S. Pal:

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April 21

Poet Laureate of Toronto A.F. Moritz reads “The Healer is Dead,” followed by a meditation and poetry prompt to musical score by Cathy Nosaty.

 

 

Listen to A.F. Moritz

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April 24

Catherine Graham reads “Masks,” followed by a meditation and poetry prompt to musical score by Cathy Nosaty.

 

 

Listen to Catherine Graham:

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April 27

Jacob Scheier reads “The Spaz,” followed by a meditation and poetry prompt to musical score by Cathy Nosaty.

 

 

Listen to Jacob Scheier:

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April 30

Grace Ma reads “In Life, Like In,” to musical score by Gabe Flaherty. Ayesha Chatterjee reads “The Mask.” Doyali Islam reads “letter,” followed by a meditation and poetry prompt to musical score by Cathy Nosaty. Final poem, “Sprout,” read by Kate Marshall Flaherty to musical score by Gabe Flaherty. We end with a moment of silence to light a candle for the world. 

 

Listen to Grace Ma:

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April 30

All above poets have their poem as part of “Poem in Your Pocket Day,” as a special bonus this year.

 

Donate to SickKids here

 

 

All recordings creatively edited, mixed and balanced by Gabe Flaherty

 

 

 

 

 

Musical scores by Cathy Nosraty

 

 

Special thanks to Al Moritz, Dr. Conor Mc Donnell, Mark Korven, and Lesley Fletcher, Laura O’Brien, Natalie Czerwinski and Nicole Brewer at the League of Canadian Poets office, Alexa Polenz at Special Events Union Station, and Suzanne Vu and the Sick Kids Foundation.

Much gratitude to all the contributing poets, Kate Marshall Flaherty, Al Moritz (Poet Laureate of Toronto), Luciano Iacobelli, Lois Lorimer, Daniel David Moses, Ronna Bloom, Rajinderpal S. Pal, Catherine Graham, Dr. Conor Mc Donnell, Jacob Shier, Ayesha Chatterjee, Corrado Paina and Grace Ma.