March 23: Poets speaking truth to error

It was a night of pedagogy in many ways, in no small way because all the poets are all employed in some way as teachers – in high school, university and nonfiction works now considered standard texts.

Teaching is more than just telling facts, however.

As Tom Wayman says, regarding his post-secondary students, “In teaching I try to get them to say their own truth.”

Stephen Humphrey

Lara Bozabalian

Lara Bozabalian was a long-time almost-weekly regular at the Art Bar open stage, long before publishing her verse collection The Cartographer’s Skin and featuring at events such as Luminato and the Words Aloud Festival as well as our humble series. She has also represented Toronto across the border as part of the city’s slam team, winning victories with the power of her words, not in-your-face pyrotechnics.

We were pleased to have Lara grace our mainstage to share poems full of keen observation and compassion.


David Day

Widely-published poet and non-fiction author David Day has many things to teach, such as how a poem is like a dead cat, why only mean people get to live in castles and what Ezra Pound has in common with loggers.


Tom Wayman

Tom Wayman comes from a tradition where poetry is a tool for social justice, which comes through in his work. Wayman is not strident, however, but sympathetic and paitent, like a teacher in love with teaching but not with giving out marks.



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