Poetry Competition 2018

April is coming! And that means poetry is on the way…

Now in its third year, The Life of Words hosts an annual poetry competition, open to all high school students in Ontario. Last year’s theme was “write a poem about language.” This year we’re narrowing things down a bit (but not too much), to “write a poem about the meaning of a word.”

Here’s a great example of a poem by Ian Duhig about the meanings of words, which you can also hear Duhig reading  here:

From the Irish
by Ian Duhig

According to Dinneen, a Gael unsurpassed
in lexicographical enterprise, the Irish
for moon means “the white circle in a slice
of half-boiled potato or turnip.” A star
is the mark on the forehead of a beast
and the sun is the bottom of a lake, or well.

Well, if I say to you your face
is like a slice of half-boiled turnip,
your hair is the colour of a lake’s bottom
and at the centre of your eyes
is the mark of the beast, it is because
I want to love you properly, according to Dinneen.

*reproduced with permission

Competition news will be posted as and when on our competition page, which is also linked from the menu above. For now, here’s the 2018 announcement poster:

[Cant read this? Click here to download a hi-res .pdf for viewing or printing out]

The Life of Words Poetry Competition is generously funded by St Jerome’s University and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.

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