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Poem 292 – Three More Words & Poetry at the Manor Tonight!

Three more words for Robin

In the eye of her storms

Because she is resilient
Because she is fire
Because she is strong
Because she is earth
Because she is capable
Because she is wind
Because she is powerful
Because she is water

She is all the weather & the landscape it kisses
Because she knows the wrath of pain & the bodies it destroys
Because in her eyes loss is sparkling wisdom – electric
Because love’s eyes storm her soul


*This poem was inspired by Robin Michelle, who gave me three words: eye, love, because.


Visit the LINK on youtube at 7pm to view the event!

Windsor’s Poets Laureate Welcome Special Guest Poets from across Canada for Poetry at the Manor Virtual ReadingCity of Windsor Poet Laureate Emeritus Marty Gervais and Poet Laureate Mary Ann Mulhern are hosting five poets laureate from across Canada for a special virtual edition of the popular annual Poetry at the Manor. As we also celebrate the 10th anniversary of Windsor’s Poet Laureate program, it is fitting that this year’s special guest poets include Louise Bernice Halfe-Sky Dancer (Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate), Albert Dumont (Ottawa’s English-Language Poet Laureate), Randell Adjei (Ontario’s Poet Laureate), Victoria Butler (Barrie’s Poet Laureate), and Alexei Ungurenaşu (Windsor’s Youth Poet Laureate).

HOW TO WATCH: The poets will participate in the unique reading and discussion in an online video format as pandemic restrictions continue to impact this initiative. The virtual reading will be broadcast Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. on YouTube, and shared on Facebook pages for Mayor Drew Dilkens, the City of Windsor, Museum Windsor, and Black Moss Press.

In addition to the poets, special guests include Mayor Drew Dilkens with introductory and welcome remarks, Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac with a message to mark the 10th anniversary of Windsor’s Poet Laureate program, Michelle Staadegaard for the City’s Community Services Division, Nadine Deleury with a cello performance filmed outside of Willistead Manor, and Crissi Cochrane with a special musical performance. Willistead Manor is the usual setting for this event, with the switch to virtual continuing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Links to booksellers for the poets’ works will be promoted during the broadcast.Poetry at the Manor – Vol. 9 is presented by the City of Windsor, through the Culture & Events department, and in partnership with the Office of Mayor Drew Dilkens, the League of Canadian Poets, Willistead Manor, Black Moss Press, and Biblioasis.

One thought on “Poem 292 – Three More Words & Poetry at the Manor Tonight!

  1. Hi Vanessa

    Poetry at the Manor was so special this year!

    So glad you watched this, and, invited others to do so!

    I thought Randell Adjei was amazing!! Also, the Indigenous Laureates were fantastic!

    This was my last “Laureate at the Manor” as Windsor’s Poet Laureate.

    As of April 1, next year, there will be a new laureate! It’s been great, but it’s “time for a new face, a new voice”.

    Keep writing!

    Mary Ann



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