I was invited to a book launch in Toronto’s “Little Italy” on Sunday afternoon. A first for me but I had promised myself at the start of this year that I would broaden my horizons and hopefully expand my understanding of the things and people that keep the arts alive and thriving. The event was hosted by Luciano Iacobelli, a former high school teacher and driving force behind Lyricalmyrical Books. This launch featured four new books from four local poets and all of the books themselves handmade by Luciano himself. The afternoon started and ended with some great music by special guests It Aint Pretty, featuring Gary Burgham, rumoured to be on their 3rd. of 4th. farewell tour. After some intros from Luciano each of the poets read from their works. Sophie Else: In Search of Whitman. Gale Zoe Garnett: Pomegranate Moments. Pat Connors: Part-Time Contemplative. Sonia Di Placido: The Akashic Wood. Each poet a uniquely different style, topic and expression but each able to create such wonderful imagery using the written word. As I listened to each poet read I could feel that these tapestries of artistic wonder come from an honest place, deep inside their souls and like all true artists the art truly comes from the inside out. The event was truly an enjoyable one. Special thanks to Pat Connors for the invite, thanks to all the wonderful poets and artists that made for an incredible Sunday afternoon. As I was leaving I heard Luciano say”sold out” so congrats to all for a successful launch! Lastly thanks to Sam, the poetry loving service dog that seemed to just take it all in. As always enjoy Toronto, get out and enjoy some poetry!