Celebrate National Poetry Month with CBC Books!

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April is National Poetry Month, and in the coming weeks CBC Books will be celebrating the occasion with some great content, including contests, a poetry-themed CanLit quiz and much more.

Poetry will be an important part of the mix over at Canada Writes, too. They'll be talking to some poets about their work, as well as offering poetry-writing tips from some pros. And don't forget the annual CBC Poetry Prize, which is open to all Canadians. You've got until May 1 to enter this year's competition. Click here for details.

To kick off our celebration of poetry, CBC Books wanted to honour a few of the writers who have helped to shape the history of Canadian poetry. Check out these clips of past masters, drawn from CBC's Digital Archives.

In the audio clip below, from a 1983 Morningside interview, poet and visual artist P. K. Page talks about continuing to draw inspiration from her time spent in Brazil in the 1950s.

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In the video clip below, taken from a 1978 episode of 90 Minutes Live, poet Irving Layton shares his thoughts with Peter Gzowski about being a "poet physician."

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In the following audio clip, first aired in 1958, E. J. Pratt reflects on the state of Canadian poetry and his place in it, on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

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In the following 1972 clip from the TV program Of All People, Al Purdy looks back on his rocky start as a writer.

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