Welcome to the Niagara Falls Poetry Project.
This site is dedicated to the poetry of Niagara Falls – the waterfalls, river, city, people, and history. A section of the site is also being developed to showcase Niagara poets.
This is not a “best of” site or a “critical interpretation” site. Niagara Falls has a long, unique history – from the site of the bloodiest battle of the War of 1812 to being named an International Peace Site, from a quiet, natural area to a zoo of tourist attractions, from a lover’s haven to a site of horrific death. All of these aspects are reflected in the poetry of Niagara, be it good, bad, or indifferent. This site will be constantly changing as more poems are tracked down and transcribed.
The very first poem that contains a reference to Niagara Falls is Untitled by Le Sievr de la Franchise, published in 1604.
This site is being compiled by Andrew Porteus, who retired in Spring 2017 from his position as Manager of Adult Reference & Information Services at the Niagara Falls Public Library, in Ontario, and is currently Chair of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library Board.
Submissions of original poems about Niagara Falls are welcome and can be sent via the Contact page. If you are a Niagara Falls poet please use the Contact page and indicate that you live in Niagara Falls.