“Poems are small containers that hold so much – grief, love, memory, hope. They are guides that help make sense of life and give words to that which can’t be spoken. Poems ask us to pay attention to this beautiful, chaotic world. They slow time and provide comfort. Some poems sound like songs, and some stories. Some are voices from distant places, and some remind us of home. I am delighted to bring this list to you, and only wish it was tenfold in length and breadth. There are so many astounding poets across the ages and throughout our world. Whatever the source, I hope that in National Poetry Month you will discover at least one new poem and share it with a friend.”
Rosemary Griebel is a poet and librarian who grew up in Treaty Six territory, where she developed a deep respect for the language of the land. In addition to her collection of poetry, Yes, her award-winning poems have appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry in English, as well as on CBC Radio, literary magazines, chapbooks, and anthologies. In 2019 one of her poems was chosen for Alberta’s first literary landmark, as part of Project Bookmark Canada’s CanLit Trail.