Topic: poetic license
Brampton-based emerging poet Toks Ayinla aims to empower youth in her short vignettes
"I want a life that will move me to tears."
Ifrah Hussein is the friend who tells you what you need to hear in her poem Till the Moon
"You cannot force a lifetime of what was only meant to live with you for a moment."
Petra Amoako writes 'small poems with big meanings' — and this one is a meditation on healing
"Ignoring pain is like ignoring the sun, it will follow you, no matter how far you run."
'Where is our light?' Roen Higgins's poetry on race and mental health is searching for a way forward
In her poem Dark Phase, Higgins is looking for the light after the uprising.
Yusuf Saadi's poems are like the introspective thoughts that come up on a long walk on a cold day
"On St-Hubert a toothless snowman stares into my window, smiles. This wintry air is anaesthetic — ringing glass-on-glass of interlocking crystals."
'As the city sleeps': Joseph A. Dandurand poignantly captures life on the streets in his poetry
Dandurand's most recent book of poetry, The East Side of it All, is on the Canadian shortlist for the Griffin Poetry Prize.
Dream 17: Canisia Lubrin reads from her Griffin Poetry Prize-shortlisted book The Dyzgraphxst
"Let them say I have seen the long days. I have seen them rising from the huts as smoke, I have seen them, as forests turned brown & flat for remembering themselves."
Some days, it's hard to love yourself. Edmonton poet laureate Nisha Patel puts that feeling in verse
For National Poetry Month, we’re celebrating short poems in the fifth edition of Poetic License.
'I know she doesn't love me in fractions': A Black poet's ode to her white adoptive mother
In this emotional performance, poet Shelly Grace grapples with the erasure of the Black transracial adoptee experience.
How poet MayaSpoken has learned to embrace her inner 'angry Black woman'
"Even in silence, we face discrimination."
'I pray for every Black girl's life': Keosha Love's poetic dedication to Black women
The poet performs "A Prayer for Black Women" as part of a new season of Poetic License.
'Canadians are known for saying sorry but never meaning it': One poet's call for racial justice
Des Mckenzie examines "the Canada no one wants to believe exists."
Hamilton Youth Poet Ryan De Riggs
Hamilton Youth Poet Ryan De Riggs performs on the last day of the hip-hop spoken word festival, Poetic License 2020.
If I: Watch Prince Amoako's plaintive cry for Black lives in the face of endless injustice
"I know the colour of my skin reflects the moon, but doesn't reflect bullets."
With 'slut' reclaimed, poet Twoey Gray has a fiery message for what word should be next
“Setting a boundary is something to be proud of. I know myself and I know that my ‘no’ matters.”
'Your body is yours': A father's message to his daughter in the age of Trump
Dwayne Morgan's poem, addressed to his daughter, is an admission of his inability to prepare her for a world where misogyny still exists.
'You are always an immigrant when you're on stolen land': A poet reminds us of our history
Award-winning poet Lishai — the latest contributor to CBC Arts' video series Poetic License — has some strong words for anti-immigration advocates.
'Forever an immigrant': An Iranian-Canadian poet takes on turbulent times
For 19-year-old spoken word poet Nasim Asgari, Canada's constant comparisons to our neighbours to the south are "trumping us back."
'Mother Earth is just another woman he calls a liar': One poet's resistance on Inauguration Day
Poet Sheila "Jubilee" Brewster says her Canadian citizenship does not disqualify her compassion for what is happening south of the border.
'The hate that killed Dr. King is not buried with him': Watch a poet take down Trump's America
On U.S. election day, Toronto artist Scribe got a fearful text from his father. That message spurred him to write this poem — the latest in our Poetic License series.
'Orange is the new crack': A poet fights back at Donald Trump and his supporters
After a Canadian Trump supporter told his parents to "go back home," Patrick de Belen decided to retaliate — through words.
'Mr. Presidential with no credentials': Calling out Trump through spoken word
Refusing to be voiceless during America's changing of the guard, Toronto spoken word artist and activist Shadiya Aidid shares her opinions on the President-elect.