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Introducing Collingwood's poet laureate, in six stanzas

The Town of Collingwood has its poet. Aside from this story, here’s how you’ll know it.
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Collingwood's Poet Laureate is Day Merrill, a former English teacher and published poet. Photo from the Town of Collingwood

The Town of Collingwood has its poet.

Aside from this story, here’s how you’ll know it.

Day Merrill will champion the written word.

In her career, she was quite a stanza nerd.

 

“Poetry is the sparest form,” said Merrill the laureate.

And she compared it to Canada’s sweetest liquid.

“A novel is the sap that runs from Maple trees,

A short story is the syrup (reduced from the sap),

A poem is a lump of maple sugar candy – one bite that lingers as it melts.”

 

A published poet, a teacher and a Master of literature,

Soon you’ll see writing, blogs and projects bearing her signature.

Her mission is to unlock books to set poetry free,

A five-fold vision for the community will be her key.

 

She’ll make it visible

She’ll make it accessible

She’ll link it to fine art, drama and music

She’ll make it approachable

She’ll make it personal

She’ll gather a crowd and make it communal.

 

Saved by a Poem inspired Merrill’s passion,

“There are times when nothing else will do.”

Poems evoke emotion, but make no demands.

Love

Heartache

Upset

Loss

“It’s in our heart and our guts where poetry lands.”

 

Merrill hopes you’ll be consuming and creating.

She’ll be blogging, collecting, promoting and curating.

Watch CollingWord.ca for our laureate’s adventures.

Dig out your pens and work on those written treasures.




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