Author: Andrew Porteus

  • Sonnet on Fort George by James Strachan

    Why calls the bastion forth the patriot’s sigh,And starts the tear from beauty’s swelling eye?Within its breach intrepid Brock is laid,A tomb according with the mighty dead;Whose soul devoted to his country’s cause,In deeds of glory sought his first applause;Enrolled with Abercrombie, Wolfe and Moore,No lapse of time his merits shall obscure;Fresh shall they burn…

  • The chant of rocks is the falls (after Emily Lee Luan) by Margaret Simon

    is the rush of gravityis the impulse of water*is the pull of a mother… childis the everlasting light of the sunis the building of poweris the electricity of agesis the reflection of rainbowsis the promise of peaceis the waking of a dreamis the shift of riverto fall. From Margaret Simon: For Fall break, my husband…

  • Spirit of the Big Ditch Book Launch

    SPIRIT OF THE BIG DITCH: The Story of the Welland Canals in Pictures, Poems and Songs.  By Robert Ratcliffe Taylor Published by:  The Historical Society of St. Catharines Robert R. Taylor’s latest book, SPIRIT OF THE BIG DITCH, has been decades in the making.  It is a richly illustrated 116-page collection of poems and songs that were inspired by the Welland Canals.  The…

  • Spirit of the Big Ditch: The Story of the Welland Canals in Pictures, Poems and Songs

    Spirit of the Big Ditch: The Story of the Welland Canals in Pictures, Poems and Songs

    Spirit of the Big Ditch : The Story of the Welland Canals in Pictures, Poems and Songs, edited by Prof. Emeritus Rob Taylor of Brock University, author of 8 books and numerous articles on the 4 iterations of the Welland Canal. an anthology of poems, songs and illustrations celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Mr. Merritt’s “Big Ditch.” 45…

  • On the Death of Major-General Brock by J.H.R.

    Low-bending o’er the rugged bier, The soldier drops the mournful tear For life departed, valor driven Fresh from the fields of death to Heaven. But time shall fondly trace the name Of Brock, upon the scrolls of Fame, And those bright laurels, which should wave Upon the brow of one so brave Shall flourish vernal…