Poetry In Voice

 Join us after school today in the Library for our in-school finals for the National Stream Competition for Poetry In Voice.

Twelve (12) students will be reciting a diverse collection of poetry in their attempt to become the ESA School Champion… and win a chance to compete for a spot at the National Finals, in Toronto, this April.

  • Tea and treats will be provided.  Bring your own mug.
  • Recitations begin promptly at 3:20pm.

Please note that the Library will be CLOSED last period for set-up… and will remain closed after school for the competition.


Valentine’s Week in the Library

Valentines Week in your Library

  • Go on a ‘Blind Date’ with a book… there are rules though… ask us!
  • Tell us about the most romantic book you’ve ever read… be entered in our Valentine’s Draw to win free books and chocolate treats.
  • Tell us about your plans for being good to yourself this Valentine’s Day… be entered in our Valentine’s Draw to win free books and chocolate treats.
  • Pledge your message of self-care… we’re making our own ‘Peace Flags’ to hang in the Library
  • Come and watch our Poetry in Voice in-school finals… find out who will move on the the online National Semi-Finals. After school on Tuesday, February 13th, in the Library.
  • Have your photo taken – against our green screen – on Valentine’s Day… we’ll turn your photo into a keepsake to remember forever. $1 donation per photo appreciated to help support fun ‘extras’ in the Library.

Drop by the Library to learn more about any and all of these events.

2017 ESA Student Poetry Contest

And the winners are:

Each of these students will receive a copy of the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology, as well as a print edition of this year’s edition of the ESsays Creative Writing Blog, Letters Vol III.

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. This year’s theme is ‘Time’…  Join us, every school day throughout the month of April, for a feature poem on the theme.

Our poem of the day for today is: Song by English poet Edmund Waller.

“Go, lovely rose!
Tell her that wastes her time and me,
That now she knows,
When I resemble her to thee
How sweet and fair she seems to be.

Tell her that’s young,
And shuns to have her graces spied,
That hadst thou sprung
In deserts, where no men abide,
Thou must have uncommended died.

Small is the worth
Of beauty from the light retired;
Bid her come forth,
Suffer herself to be desired,
And not blush so to be admired.

Then die! that she
The common fate of all things rare
May read in thee;
How small a part of time they share
That are so wondrous sweet and fair!

Edmund Waller, like many other English poets of his day, was swept up in the political turmoil of the English Civil War. In the 1640s, he was arrested, nearly executed, and then banished from England for a number of years before he was able to safely return. Ideologically adaptable, Waller wrote poems praising both Cromwell and King Charles II.

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. This year’s theme is ‘Time’…  Join us, every school day throughout the month of April, for a feature poem on the theme.

Our poem of the day for today is: On Route 11: Waiting on Blood Tests by Canadian poet George Ellenbogen.

I knew it as Nikos, this
caf where few cars stopped.
The door is boarded up,
like a house no one visits.

I lean inside the phone booth,
its glass door flapping like paper
in wind that cuts through ferns,
disturbing by the roadside

a handful of wheat tips:
their endings, pointing
through stems to thin wind
ponds, broken spurts

of air around corn stalks.
No one remains. Some put up
signs for a year or two; the
signs drop and snow brings

the roof down. In this booth.
I dial, count white cars.
waiting to discover what
my mother is silent about

as she counts the ceiling slats
and wonders whether her corpuscles
are turning like fall leaves
into an arithmetic she understands.

George Ellenbogen attended McGill University, receiving his BA in English and Sociology in 1955. He has taught creative writing at a number of prestigious international universities.

National Poetry Month: Griffin Poetry Prize

Week 3 of National Poetry Month has come to a close.

For Week 4 we are pleased to announce another Poetry Contest for member of the ESA Community.  The wonderful folks who run the Griffin Poetry Prize – who are the very same folks behind Poetry in Voice – are running a contest to Guess the Winners of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prizes.

  • Winners will be randomly drawn after the deadline – June 8th 2017 – and each will receive a copy of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology.

The ESA Library is running a parallel contest.

  • Everyone who enters the ‘real’ Griffin Poetry Contest should also advise the ESA Library as to their choices using this Google Form.
  • We will draw randomly from everyone who submits to our parallel contest… and the winner will go home with their own personal copy of the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology.
  • You must enter the ESA Library parallel contest by the end of the day Friday June 8th to be eligible.
  • Should it turn out that anyone – or more – who enters our contest correctly chooses both winners…  then we will, a second time, randomly draw names… and that winner will go home with a copy of the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology.


REMEMBER also to enter the 4th Annual ESA Library Student Poetry Contest.

Poems must:

  • be on the theme of time;
  • be titled;
  • not have been previously published;
  • be formatted for 8.5″ x 11″ paper; and,
  • be no longer than 50 lines.

All entries must be submitted by no later than Friday April 28th.

  • Entries should be submitted via e-mail to Ms. Wray, in the Library.
  • E-mail: enid.wray@tdsb.on.ca

The top three entries will each receive a collection of poetry, as well as publication on the ESsays Creative Writing Blog.

  • Publication in, and a personal copy of, the print edition of ESsays is also included.

Good luck…