Andrew Porteus on his retirement, Spring 2016, with copies of his new photography / poetry anthology, Niagara Mornings.  Photo by Mike DiBattista

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 and more are reflected in the poetry of Niagara, be it good, bad, or indifferent. This site aims to explore the history, culture, and social aspects of the two Cities of Niagara Falls and the natural wonder of the Falls themselves. The poems contained on the site are reflections of different eras and sensibilities, and as such there may be derogatory, racist, sexist, and other offensive language, terminology, and attitudes, Some of the poets whose works are included may also have been responsible for hateful acts. Again, they reflect the times and societies that they lived in, and are included in the site. 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 2016 from his position as Manager of Adult Reference & Information Services at the Niagara Falls Public Library, in Ontario, and is currently a member of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library Board, 2019 Chair of the Ontario Library Boards Association for , and a member of the Council of the Ontario Library Association. In addition, Porteus is studying for his Master of Arts degree in Popular Culture at Brock University studying the poetry of Niagara Falls.

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.