we are unfinished humans
in an unfinished city
— Corrado Paina, "Embrace the Walls" (from Souls in Plain Clothes)
With the help of Toronto’s fourth poet laureate George Elliott Clarke, Toronto Public Library has created a new way to explore the city through poetry.
Select a map marker to see excerpts of poems associated with that location. Follow the links to borrow the poetry books from the library.
This selection of poems is just the beginning. If you know a Toronto poem you’d like to see included, tell us about it.
Check out our list of Toronto poems that aren’t associated with specific geographic points.