The poetry of trees: PQ callout for October

Joyce Kilmer wrote in his 1914 poem,

‘I think that I shall never see/A poem lovely as a tree.’


But – intrepid Ottawa poets – let us try!

As they stretch into the sky with their majestic reach, they stand as the true giants of nature, and recent studies have shown that our happiness can be increased just by spending time with them. They not only help capture carbon from the atmosphere but are vital in stopping the decline of wildlife numbers by creating diverse habitats.

So, for the October 2023 Poetry Quarter, let’s take a moment to put pen to paper and show trees some well-earned, poetic love.

As usual, poems should be:

Original and unpublished in any medium (no poems submitted elsewhere, please);
No more than 30 lines each;
On any aspect of the theme within the bounds of public discourse;
Submitted on or before Monday, September 25.

Poets in the National Capital Region of all ages welcome (school-age poets, please indicate your grade and school). Please send your entries (up to 5 poems that meet the criteria) to Remember to send us your contact information and your grade and school if you are in school.

Deadline: Monday, September 25, 2023

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