The Toronto Public Library, with the help of East End resident and Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliot Clarke, has launched a Toronto poetry map.
Though the map is heavily marked in the downtown and West End areas, the East End is not without its lyrical odes.
Clicking on the Beach brings up three entries. From Susan Ioannou’s Winterizing, published in Other Voices vol. 1, no. 4:
Workers are bedding the boardwalk
unwinding skinny red slats
from snow fence that straggles along.
Another entry by Ioannou and one from Clarke round out the Beach, while a short distance west, Phyllis Gotlieb looks back in history in Thirty-Six Ways of Looking at Toronto Ontario, from The works: collected poems:
from the front lawn at
52 Kingston Rd in 1932
I watch the sun go down
over the wall of Woodbine Racetrack.
Several entries mark Danforth, though the entries drop off east of Victoria Park.
Poetry fans are invited to suggest Toronto poems that haven’t yet been added to the map.