Poetry Month

Lenea Grace on how poetry breaks all the rules

To celebrate National Poetry Month, CBC Books asked Canadian poets what the literary form means to them.
Lenea Grace is a poet based in British Columbia. (Alexa Garrey)

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, CBC Books asked poets the question: "What is the power of poetry?"

Lenea Grace is a poet based in Gibsons, B.C. Her collection of poetry, A Generous Latitude, maps a series of relationships within a greater exploration of Canadiana, barrelling through shield and crag, river and slag.


"To me, the power lies in precision, the economy of words. A few stanzas can pack an oceanic punch — that is to say, deep and far-reaching — and do so without the luxury of length afforded to novels. I'm interested in poetry as a form of controlled chaos.

"Or to reverse that — poetry as a drunk and disorderly schoolmarm, a diagrammed sentence gone rogue, where subject and predicate kiss, bow, take off their shoes, break all the rules." ​

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