A public poetry art project, Poetry in Motion displayed short poems (and excerpts from longer poems) on transit ads in buses throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality from early October to early November, 2019. Each poem was visually accented by illustrator Jack Wong.
The work of ten poets was featured:
- Afua Cooper
- Jaime Forsythe
- Sue Goyette
- Shauntay Grant
- Sylvia D. Hamilton
- Shalan Joudry
- Cory Lavender
- Matt Robinson
- Eleonore Schönmaier
- Anne Simpson
Each poet received a $200 honorarium and was invited to read their work at the Poetry in Motion Celebration, held at Halifax Central Library on November 4, 2019, and hosted by Alison Smith, winner of the 2019 J.M. Abraham Atlantic Poetry Award. The event featured readings by Afua Cooper, Sylvia D. Hamilton, Cory Lavender, and Matt Robinson.
Click on each poem to open a larger version.
The Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia received submissions for Poetry in Motion until May 31, 2019. The submission theme, "home," could be interpreted broadly to touch on ideas of transport, transit, accessibility, the East Coast, city living, coming home, or leaving home. Eligible poets were residents of Nova Scotia over the age of 16 years. Eligible poems were original, published or unpublished creations of 10 lines or fewer (including stanza breaks) that were suitable for a general audience of all ages. Each poet could submit a single poem or excerpt for consideration. There was no entry fee.
The final selection of poems was determined by a jury, administered by the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, which was composed of Karen Dahl, Andre Fenton, Amanda Peters, and Alison Smith.
The Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia is grateful to Arts Nova Scotia for their funding of Poetry in Motion and to the Halifax Regional Muncipality and Halifax Public Libraries for their partnership in realizing this project.