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Putting poetry on the bus

By: Heidi Ulrichsen - Sudbury Northern Life

 | Jul 29, 2014 - 4:27 PM |
Greater Sudbury poet laureate Tom Leduc has launched a project where poetry written by Sudburians will be displayed in transit buses. Photo by Arron Pickard.

Greater Sudbury poet laureate Tom Leduc has launched a project where poetry written by Sudburians will be displayed in transit buses. Photo by Arron Pickard.

Poet laureate hopes Sudburians draw inspiration from project

Years ago, when Tom Leduc was studying fine art at Cambrian College, he drew artistic inspiration from the people and scenery on the long bus ride from Chelmsford to the college's New Sudbury campus.

Remembering that experience, Leduc — who will be the City of Greater Sudbury's poet laureate until the end of 2016 — launched his Moving with Poetry project.

Until Aug. 31, he's inviting Sudburians to submit poetry about how they see the city to be displayed starting this fall in vacant advertising slots inside city transit buses.

“Just having the poetry there can take you away from your day before you jump into your next stage of life, whether you're going to work or school,” Leduc said.


“You can take a minute and just go somewhere else. It helps you take a break.

“If you're staring at advertisements, if you're staring at your phone or your laptop, and it's just more work, you can look up, see the poetry, take a deep breath, take a break and stop and smell the roses for a moment.”

Leduc, a Wajax Industrial Components employee who considers himself a “working man's poet,” said the idea is to make poetry accessible to everyone.

“I know some people don't like poetry,” he said.

“They find it hard to relate to and stuff. But I think for the most part, people will like to see something a little different — something other than advertising. We're so bombarded by it everywhere we look.”

Poems submitted for consideration should be about 12 lines long, although Leduc said they can be edited after the fact to fit the available space. They can be in French or English or even in another language, if people wish.

Email poems to [email protected] or drop them off at any of the city's libraries.
Heidi Ulrichsen

Heidi Ulrichsen

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