The Poet’s Voice Reading Series

With the intention of bringing poetry directly to you during this time of Covid, we are pleased to announce that starting February 2nd, the first Tuesday of every month will feature a new video installation of The Poet’s Voice Reading Series. These videos will highlight two or more Black Moss poets in conversation with each... Read more »

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CBC on The Mission by Douglas MacLellan

CBC has done a feature on Douglas MacLellan’s upcoming book The Mission. It’s a collection of photographs and stories about Windsor’s homeless, documenting their lives and how they ended up where they are today. Be sure to grab your copy at your favourite indie bookstore! https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/downtown-mission-maclellan-photo-1.5872169

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Happy New Year 2021

After a year where nothing has been certain, we are embarking on a new year filled with hopes and uncertainties. We would like to share with you this poem from Bruce Meyer’s 1967:Centennial Year collection. It is a poem that encompasses all the dreams of a great year that were dashed, but it offers hope in... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 25

We have made it to December 25th. We would like to thank you for taking this journey with us. 2020 has been a difficult year but we hope that these last 25 days of poems have brought joy and hope to your holiday season. Whatever you celebrate, we hope you are filled with warmth and... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 24

We have almost finished our journey together. On this second last day of the Poetry Advent Calendar we have “Bliss” by Don Gutteridge from his 2019 collection of poetry Mara’s Lamp. This poem hearkens back to childhood christmases, and the simplicity of joy.   BLISS   On Christmas ‘forty-three my mother, “widowed” by the War, couldn’t... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 23

On the 23rd day of our poetic journey, we present another poem from Robert Hilles’ collection Shimmer. “Sugar Sandwiches” is a reminder to us all to practice gratitude for the things we have today. Sugar Sandwiches   When I was a boy Sometimes between paydays There wasn’t anything to eat But sugar sandwiches Which consisted of... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 22

Today’s poem from Bernice Lever’s Small Acts, is a beautiful reminder of the blessings we have in our lives.   Say “Thank You” How does one say thank you to a lime green instant hovering hummingbird that flits faster than an eagle soars, so rapidly its wings disappear against a rosy honeysuckle bloom: my joy cements... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 21

D.A. Lockhart brings us our 21st poem from his 2020 collection of haiku and haibun Tùkhòne. The section of haiku follows the Lenape moon cycle, and today we feature the haiku of the first snow moon. Today’s poems feature winter imagery that reminds us in small ways that even though we feel alone, we aren’t. Wini... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 20

Robert Hilles returns with another poem from his collection Shimmer. “65 Winters” reminds us of the strength love has to survive. 65 Winters I remember as a boy going to the woodshed Behind the house in winter To get more chopped slabs for the stove Winters seemed longer then And I wasn’t old enough yet For... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 19

Day 19 and we have another poem by Carlinda D’Alimonte, this one focusing on childhood memories shared with a cherished sibling. Taken from her 2018 collection Morning Song about mourning.   Where We Walked   Let’s not go back to winter evenings, sipping coffee at the kitchen table, the lights humming, a dusting of flour... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 18

Carrying on with the theme of family, we have a poem by Susan McMaster from her 2018 collection Haunt. “Implements” ties together memories of old with the present, it shows how lives change as we grow and age.   Implements   Anytime I dip my hands into hot water, I feel them curve around my mother’s... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 17

Today’s poem comes from John B. Lee’s Moths that Drink the Tears of Sleeping Birds. This piece reminds us of how precious the time we have with our loved ones is.   The Day the Words Began to Drift   my mother loved the game of Scrabble ever since that winter morning fifty-five Christmases ago she... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 16

“strangers at the table” is another piece taken from Mary Ann Mulhern’s Brides in Black. This poem describes the homecoming of a nun after spending years in the convent away from her family, something we can all relate to in lockdown. strangers at the table after twenty years sister st. matthew returns home as helen... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 15

“Tumbler” from Roger Bell’s You Tell Me, is a piece about relationships on the surface, but it is also about the question of what may have been. Tumbler She tells me her husband is away on business. I can think of no good reason for her candour and it settles on me like the fast-falling... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 14

Taken from a collection of poetry from the Windsor Group of Seven Poets, Because We Have All Lived Here, Vanessa Shields’ “I Want to Know What Love is” is a poem about adolescence. Windsorites will also recognize their favourite skating rink.   I Want to Know What Love is Lanspeary Park Ice Rink circa 1985, Ottawa... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 13

Eva Kolacz brings us today’s feature poem, from Fire and Water a collection of love poems and drawings. The collection acts as a series of love poems written between Eva and her husband Laurence Hutchman. “At the End of Summer” is a piece that reminds us of quiet moments in nature shared between two people... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 12

Today’s feature is a poem by Robert Hilles from his collection of love poems Shimmer. “Organic Love” hearkens back to warm summer months and reminds us of those tender moments. Organic Love Love is made of soil Clay, wind, rock, and bone The way an apple Rounds and ripens to pulp and juice So love ripens... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 11

Taken from Moths that Drink the Tears of Sleeping Birds, a memoir about the loss of his mother to Alzheimers, John B. Lee’s poem “Stawrwatchers” is about more than just grief.   The Starwatchers   we were a sextet of curious humans three generations of starwatchers gazing up at the brilliant embers of night-black heaven... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 10

For day 10 we’re bringing you another poem from Roger Nash’s Zigzags. “Grandson” is exactly what you need in a poem about grandchildren. GRANDSON My six-year-old grandson enters a room by shaking himself and rolling in like a dice. More than one person has placed bets on him. He doesn’t know it yet. Out for a... Read more »

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Poetry Advent Calendar Day 9

Day nine brings us another poem from Bernice Lever’s 2016 collection Small Acts. “Grow Towards the Light” carries themes of nurturing the next generation.   GROW TOWARDS THE LIGHT Green house folks know sunshine twirling plants 360 degrees or aiming pot lights at every angle for even shine, training growth for smooth curves, equal-sided growth ever... Read more »

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