Poems For Pollinators! Over 140 poems from around the world were submitted in June 2016 for the Border Free Bee Poetry Post! Ten poems were selected to be featured in the Post from fall 2016 to 2018 and be displayed online. The original poetry came from contributors throughout Canada, the United States, and the U.K. Poets responded with passion, beauty, humour and sadness to the topic of pollinators, our relationship to wild pollinators as well as honey bees and the plight of pollinators in the world.
The ten chosen poems were awarded $50 (Cdn) each and are being displayed around Kelowna and Richmond, British Columbia, in a Poetry Post. Posts or “poetry boxes” are “little free libraries” that contain poems instead of books. Passersby are encouraged to read “The Poem of the Week” and perhaps take copies or leave new poems in return. The Post popped up in multiple locations in Kelowna, and currently resides at the Richmond Arts Centre in Richmond, BC.
The winning poems can be read and downloaded here:
Judges for the contest were poets Nancy Holmes and Fionncara MacEoin, artist/ theorist Cameron Cartiere, and pollination scientist Dr. Elizabeth Elle.