Celebrated as the Bard of Ukraine, Taras Shevchenko (March 9, 1814 – March 10, 1861) was a poet, artist, and influential thinker. A monument in his honor was unveiled in Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Canada Day 1951 and the original Taras H. Shevchenko Museum was opened one year later. That structure, along with its collections, was destroyed by arson in 1988.

On October 20, 2019, the brand-new Taras Shevchenko Museum will open at 1604 Bloor Street West, Toronto, just down the block from the original. Shevchenko’s poetry is prominently featured and the collections are said to be “far superior in size, quality and variety” than its predecessor. In addition to honoring the poet, the museum celebrates Ukrainian culture and the contribution of Canadians of Ukrainian descent to the social, economic, and cultural life of Canada.

Much more information on Taras Shevchenko and the museum here.

poem and seek…

January 9, 2015

poem cache

We’ve previously mentioned ROMP, the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry. Well, it seems that ROMP has added another dimension to their collection: poetry caching.

In the tradition of geocaching, the idea is that you write a poem, print it on something, secure it in a weather-proof container, hide it somewhere and then leave clues so that others can find it. Here’s a link to ROMP’s Poem Cache site.

But they’re not the only ones playing. Here’s a poem cache in British Columbia, another in South Australia and here’s one in Florida. Here’s a blog about poem caching in Helsinki and Nottingham, England.

Go hide and seek some poems!
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poetry: ROMP

December 29, 2013

Rural Oklahoma Museum of PoetryWho knew that there is a poetry museum, let alone that it is in rural northeastern Oklahoma, about 50 miles from Tulsa and a few miles west of Locust Grove? The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, Shaun Perkins, Curator, is just such an institution, occupying a converted garage/barn and displaying “ways to interact with and personalize poetry. From a vending machine that dispenses handwritten, one-of-a-kind poetry to add-a-line poems on the chalkboard wall, the displays ask you to think creatively and to take your place in the poetry populace.”

In addition to displays, ROMP offers workshops and hosts Poemcrossing, a postcard exchange. Send ROMP a poem on a postcard and it will become part of the exhibit, plus you’ll get one in return.

The Times (Pryor Creek, Oklahoma) reported this week that ROMP received a $5,000 Douglas A. Noverr Grant from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association for Collection Enhancement for Institutions to Build Popular Culture Research Collections. Perkins hopes to use the funds to renovate an additional building for the museum.

You can visit ROMP online or in person (here’s why) and mail your poem postcards to
The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry
6619 S. 4382 Road
Locust Grove OK 74352
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photo: Ida Red, museum mascot, greets visitors to the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry

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