To honour poet Colleen Thibaudeau (1925-2012), Colleen’s poem “Balloon” was displayed on a billboard near Stanley Street and Wortley Road in London, Ontario. The billboard was a joint project of Poetry London, London Public Library, and Brick Books, in celebration of National Poetry Month.
“Balloon” was first published in Colleen Thibaudeau’s book of concrete poems, Lozenges: Poems in the Shapes of Things, by the Alphabet Press in 1965.
Colleen Thibaudeau, poet and beloved wife of James Reaney, passed away on February 6, 2012 in London, Ontario. Colleen will long be remembered by her family, neighbours, and many friends.
Links celebrating Colleen and her work:
Colleen Thibaudeau Reaney, Dec. 29, 1925–Feb. 6, 2012 by James Stewart Reaney, London Free Press, February 6, 2012
“Greatness in Poetry” by Marty Gervais, February 7, 2012
“Poet found magic and mystery in the everyday” by Sandra Martin, The Globe and Mail, February 9, 2012
Colleen’s family moved from Grey County to St. Thomas, Ontario, when she was eight years old.
Colleen spent part of her early childhood in Flesherton, Ontario, where her father was a high school teacher.
I always forget to write. Today was lovely. I earned my first money (50c) from the Canadian Girl for “Dream Castle,”…
Colleen Thibaudeau, age 4 months, with her mother Alice Pryce Thibaudeau , and her father, John Stewart Thibaudeau, in Toronto, Ontario, April 1926.
Welcome to collenthibaudeau.com, a celebration of poet Colleen Thibaudeau’s life and work.
Colleen Thibaudeau was born in Toronto on December 29, 1925. She grew up in St. Thomas, Ontario, and wrote poetry and stories from an early age.
Join us on our journey through Colleen’s poems, stories, and memories. We look forward to remembering and discovering Colleen with you.