Showing posts with label Poetry Club Meetings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Poetry Club Meetings. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Pokemon and Poetry in High Park at High Noon

Pokemon and Poetry in High Park at High Noon
August 13th, 12 PM
High Park / 285 Colborne Lodge Dr, Toronto, Ontario

Bring your poetry to read and your smartphone.
Stop moaning about all the Pokeballs you've thrown.
Read your poetry whilst chilling in the shade.
Enjoy the free trade of ideas, like how poets are unpaid.
Drink something cold whilst catching yourself a Jigglypuff.
Wonder aloud if you truly have enough of the good stuff.
Laugh at the idiocy of Donald Trump quotes set to rhyme.
Send that cokehead to bed, this here is peacetime.
We will have poets and Pokemon players singing the blues.
In a world gone mad and Americans are asked to choose.
Between a Crooked Jynx and a Lyin' Psycho Hypno.
Bragging about his dough when he is likely high on blow.
So come out to High Park to enjoy rhythm and alliteration.
Catch some Pokemon while America goes down in damnation.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Poetry in a Pub, January 28th at the Artful Dodger

Hello Toronto Poets!

This Thursday's "Poetry in a Pub" meeting will be in the upstairs section of the Artful Dodger.

People wishing to RSVP should do so immediately. If you are not sure you can attend, please do not RSVP so we can avoid "false RSVPs" from confusing how many people we are expecting.

To RSVP go to

At present 25 people have RSVPed. Hope to see you all there!

Bring your poetry and your appetite for good food and good poetry!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Spooky Poetry Night - 2nd Annual

Toronto's 2nd Annual Spooky Poetry Night is only a week away!

RSVP by visiting the Toronto Poetry Club on Tis the best night of the year to share spooky poetry!

Note - Your poetry does not actually have to be Halloween themed, but it is encouraged. Feel free to bring whatever poetry you wish to share.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Toronto Poetry Picnic, Third Poetry Picnic

Come to the Toronto Poetry Club Picnic by RSVPing at

Thursday, August 27, 2015

6:30 PM

High Park

1873 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON

Picnic Tables South East of the Swimming Pool, see photos in the photo section on so you know where it is precisely on the map. Or just scroll below and see the photos below.

This is actually our 3rd poetry picnic so far. The first was also held in High Park and the second was held at harbour front, near the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.

Bring food, drinks and poetry!

Share your poetry and get feedback (feedback is optional) from your fellow Toronto poets.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Three Upcoming Poetry Meetups in Toronto

We are having three poetry meetups during February 2015 for people to attend.

February 12th Pre-Valentine's Day Poetry Meetup

The Ontario Poetry Society / Valentine Poetry

February 26th Poetry Meetup

So no shortage of events for Toronto Poets to attend before or after Valentines!

And for fun, love songs from the 1980s. Listening to music may help inspire some of you poets out there who suffer from writer's block.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

January 29th Poetry Club Meeting @ 7 West

The January 29th 2015 Poetry Club Meeting will take place at:

7 West
Located at 7 Charles West, just off Yonge Street, south of Yonge and Bloor, 7 West is a mixture of restaurant, cafe and pub - so you can have beer, wine, tea, coffee, cake, pie, a hamburger or anything else that is on the menu.

We will be meeting on the 3rd floor.

7 PM

Please RSVP at

The decor and the food/drinks/service at 7 West are all excellent so we are certain to have a good time eating, drinking and spilling forth poetry.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Expecting a Record Turnout at the Toronto Poetry Club

Tonight we are expecting a record turnout for the Toronto Poetry Club meeting. 26 people have signed up for the November 26th Poetry Meetup.

The only meetup that came close to those numbers was the August 28th Poetry Meetup which had 25 people sign up.

When attending these meetings typically only one half or two thirds of people show up. One time I think we had roughly 80% attendance. I think it is an issue wherein sometimes people sign up for poetry meetups and then forget to go the day of, maybe they were sick, had other plans, or sometimes it is just weather conditions (rain or extreme cold tends to scare people away from wanting to go outside and travel to a poetry meetup).

The good news however is that today is not overly cold and the weather is fair. Plus it is November and people often have nothing better to do in November, so I fully expect this meetup to be a bumper crop of poets.

I like to think however that the diehard poets (yippee ki yay m***** ******!) won't be deterred by a little rain (or even a lot of rain).

Come rain, come sleet, come snow - let the poets bring their best to the show.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July 31st Poetry Meetup

RSVP for the next Toronto Poetry Club meeting on July 31st by visiting our Meetup page:

Poetry meetings are on the last Thursday of every month, starting at 6:30 PM.

Location is the Map Room at Hart House (University of Toronto campus).

Everyone is welcome, even if you are not a member and do not RSVP. Although we certainly prefer if you do RSVP so we have an inkling of how many people are coming.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 24th Toronto Poetry Club Meeting

Our next meeting is on April 24th. If you want to sign up visit our Meetup page or our Facebook page and RSVP for our upcoming meeting.

All location and time details are on the above mentioned pages.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Local Man Finds Love at Poetry Club Meeting

I wrote the following poem as a promotional thing on a craigslist ad. I decided to keep it.

Local Man Finds Love at Poetry Club Meeting

When Bob met Gracy he felt an instant connection.
She was just like him, only she was a reflection.
They both loved poetry and attended the meetings.
Each time they spoke there was love in their greetings.

Over time they grew closer, beginning to fantasize.
They would catch themselves staring into each other's eyes.
Finally Bob popped the question: "Wanna get a beer after?"
Gracy blushed and said yes, and they have been together thereafter.


time - 6:30, March 27th

place - Hart House Map Room, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle. M5S 3H3

what to bring - 1 piece of your personal poetry to be read by our circle of poets. (If you don't want to read it yourself, someone else can read for you.)

duration - 2 or 3 hours.

afterwards - sometimes we go out to a pub afterwards to hang out and socialize.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Next Toronto Poetry Club Meeting - March 28th at 6:30 PM

Want to come to the next Toronto Poetry Club Meeting?

Day - March 28th 2014

Time - 6:30 PM

Place - Map Room, Hart House at the University of Toronto. From the main entrance go up the stairs, turn right. The map room will be on the right.

The following is a photo from our last Toronto Poetry Club Meeting on February 27th 2014.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Toronto Poetry Club Meeting, February 2014

Four poets braved -25 weather and 40 km winds last night to attend the first meeting of the new Toronto Poetry Club. We were expecting more people at the first meeting, but the extreme cold weather kept some poets at home and we cannot blame them.

It was so blistering cold outside last night it was difficult to breathe.

In attendance was President Charles (holding the camera), Gail (a regular at the old Toronto Poetry Club before it became defunct), Moj, and Charlotte. We read and discussed 6 poems of our own creations in detail.

One of the poems presented last night was:

Actaeon and His Hounds

By Charles Moffat, February 2014.

Once there was a bowman trained by the centaur Chiron
He was the son of a pious herdsman, by the name of Actaeon
A skilled Theban hunter and swimmer, he was faster than a siren

As a hunter Actaeon loved to roam and with him took his hounds
He travelled to many great lands and was a guest on many palace grounds
His legs were fast and his bow was strong, the sum of many pounds

Actaeon feared no man or beast, hunting as he did
No less than fifty hounds travelled with him, doing as he bid
Stags and lions fell to his arrows, no matter how well they hid

His hounds were Acamas, Aethon, Agre, Agrius, Arcas, Argiodus, Argo,
Asbolos, Borax, Boreas, Charops, Corus, Cyllo, Dinomache, Dorceus, Draco,
Dromas, Dromius, Eudromas, Gorgo, Haemon, Harpalos, Harpyia, Hylacto

Hylaeus, Labros, Lacaena, Lachnas, Lacon, Ladon, Leaena, Laelaps, Leonus,
Leucon, Machimus, Melaneus, Nape, Nebrophonos, Obrimus, Orias, Oribasus,
Pachylus, Sagnos, Stilbon, Syrus, Theron, Thoos, Tigris, Volatos, Zephyrus,

So great was Actaeon's skill at hunting that he was called upon by Artemis
She sought a great stag that lived in a forest so deep it was an abyss
Actaeon immediately agreed to help the goddess, hoping for a kiss

As a prize Artemis offered the young archer her own bow, a rare prize
But while Actaeon was a great hunter and archer he was not very wise
His lust for the goddess grew daily, so much that he rarely met her eyes

Artemis grew displeased at his lustful gazes and took her leave from him
She found a spring by the road in Attica and decided to take a swim
But unbeknownst to the goddess Actaeon had pursued her on a whim

Artemis disrobed herself and swam in the cool deep waters of the spring
To get a better view Actaeon climbed into a tree and to a branch did cling
There he saw her in all her glorious beauty while she was singing

The moonlight flowed around her and the waters reflected the stars and trees
Suddenly Artemis stood bolt upright, something had set her at unease
She spotted it, the reflection in the water of a loincloth flapping in the breeze

Actaeon had disrobed and was approaching the dark pool, confident in his beauty
He tousled his hair, and stood there before her smiling without a shred of modesty
When Artemis turned to flee he jumped in after her with a hoot of wild glee

Madly Actaeon pursued her, shouting for his hounds to help him in the hunt
But Artemis thought quickly and cursed him angrily where he stood so blunt
"Shout one more word Actaeon and you shall never have my c**t!"

But the hunter thought nothing of this, so wild was he in his passions
He shouted after her, claiming he was best of all her companions
A hunter even greater than she, his kills many great stags and lions

Artemis changed into a golden doe, fleeing quickly through the foliage
Past sparkling rivers and streams she bounded over every hedge
Until at long last she came to a cliff and jumped over the ledge

Actaeon pursued her wildly, her distant figure disappearing in the brush
He could hear the hounds behind him, barking wildly in their rush
Until he at last lost his breath and paused by a stream that did gush

There in the water he saw his reflection, a handsome rack of antlers
Long neck and four powerful legs, all ending with hooves like hers
So beautiful, he had never seen finer stags, lions or panthers

He knew instantly that she was not the only one thus transformed
He had become his own prey and although beautiful he felt malformed
He could hear his hounds coming closer, across the river they stormed

Actaeon turned and fled, all fifty of his hounds nipping at his heels
He shouted at Artemis to forgive him, so plaintive were his appeals
None of this she heard as his hounds ripped into his flesh for their evening meals

Actaeon died near a spring in Attica, a feast for his beloved hunting pets
Artemis took his hounds as her own, renaming them without any regrets
Let this be a warning to all men who ignore a goddess's threats