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Poetry in the Pavement - Rosemary Sullivan

Rosemary Sullivan's Poetry

The first permanent installation of the Poet Laureate's Legacy Initiative Project, Poetry is Public is Poetry 

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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

On December 6, 2010,  the Cedarbrae Library re-opened and launched of the first permanent installation of the Poet Laureate's Legacy Initiative Project, Poetry is Public is Poetry.
Dionne Brand was present to introduce Rosemary Sullivan's poetry in the pavement.

Rosemary Sullivan and library staff"a man packed a country/ in a suitcase with his shoes/ and left"
- Rosemary Sullivan

(from the poem Exile (from Sullivan's 1991 collection Blue Panic) 

This inaugural Poetry is Public is Poetry installation is located near the main entrance of the Cedarbrae Library; Rosemary Sullivan's words are permanently mounted in bronze lettering and embedded into the walkway.  This collaborative endeavour involves the City of Toronto's Cultural Services and Transportation Services, working in close co-operation with the Toronto Public Library and the Toronto Public Library Foundation. 

For more information about this installation and the Legacy Project, please visit:  

Rosemary SullivanUnveiling of poetry on pavement

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