Poetry is Public is Poetry
The Toronto Public Library welcomes the Scarborough community back to its much loved Cedarbrae Branch, which reopened December 6, 2010. The beautifully renovated library has been redesigned to create an accessible, welcoming environment with improved customer service and more access to technology and collections. It also marks the inaugural Poetry is Public is Poetry installation unveiled near the main entrance. The installation features verse from Toronto poet Rosemary Sullivan, a poet and bestselling author. We look forward to seeing you.

Exile on Markham Road,
The story of the Cedarbrae Library.
Poetry beautifies public space, pays respect to the intelligence of the citizenry, gives respite from the grind of daily living and engages the city's humanistic ideals."
-Dionne Brand

New Poetry is Public is Poetry installation part of Cedarbrae Branch reopening

The first permanent Poetry is Public is Poetry installation features verse from Toronto poet Rosemary Sullivan and is displayed at the main entrance of the Cedarbrae Branch public library, which reopened on December 6.

The three lines "a man packed a country/ in a suitcase with his shoes/ and left" are permanently mounted in bronze lettering and embedded in the walkway to the library. Taken from the poem Exile (from Sullivan's 1991 collection Blue Panic) these words were chosen by Poet Laureate Dionne Brand and her advisory committee as a way to provoke a sense of inquisitiveness in visitors as they enter the recently renovated public library.

Rosemary Sullivan is a poet and bestselling author of Labyrinth of Desire: Women, Passion, and Romantic Obsession and The Red Shoes: Margaret Atwood Starting Out. Her biography of Gwendolyn MacEwen, Shadow Maker, won the Governor General's Literary Award for nonfiction. Suillivan is also a professor of English at the University of Toronto. For more information visit: http://www.rosemarysullivan.com/

A Toronto Poet Laureate initiative, Poetry is Public is Poetry showcases and celebrates the work of Canadian poets to help transform Toronto’s public realm into an illuminating forum for the written word. In August a temporary installation of five panels featuring passages from 34 prominent writers, launched at the Toronto Reference Library.

Poetry is Public is Poetry is a collaborative endeavour involving the City of Toronto's Cultural Services and Transportation Services working in co-operation with the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Public Library Foundation. Part of the Poet Laureate's legacy project, this ongoing program merges poetry with public art in order to claim permanent public space for Canadian poetry on Toronto walkways.

For more information about Toronto's Poet Laureate visit: http://www.toronto.ca/culture/poet_laureate.htm.