Colleen Thibaudeau’s “Balloon” for National Poetry Month 2012

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.

April 14, 2012: “Balloon” by Colleen Thibaudeau, 1925-2012
April 14, 2012: “Balloon” by Colleen Thibaudeau, 1925-2012
April 14, 2012: Celebrating National Poetry Month. Jean McKay was on hand to play her fiddle.
April 14, 2012: Celebrating National Poetry Month. Jean McKay was on hand to play her fiddle.

 

April 4, 2012: Elizabeth Reaney celebrates her grandmother’s poem
April 4, 2012: Elizabeth Reaney celebrates her grandmother’s poem “Balloon”

Colleen Thibaudeau Reaney 1925-2012

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.

Colleen Thibaudeau, 1925-2012 Photo by Diane Thompson, 1997
Colleen Thibaudeau, 1925-2012 Photo by Diane Thompson, 1997

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 in St.Thomas

Colleen’s family moved from Grey County to St. Thomas, Ontario, when she was eight years old.

Colleen (age 12) and friends tenting in St. Thomas, Ontario, Summer 1938. Colleen is standing at the far right with her younger sister Shelia (age 4).
Colleen in St. Thomas, Summer 1938, with her sister Shelia.

Colleen’s Childhood in Grey County

Colleen spent part of her early childhood in Flesherton, Ontario, where her father was a high school teacher.

 

Colleen Thibaudeau (age 7) with her classmates at Flesherton School, Grey County in 1933. Colleen is seated at the end of the second row on the far right, and her friend Diana Goldsborough is beside her.
Colleen with her brother John, Felsherton, Ontario, Winter 1933
Colleen (second from left) and friends tobogganing, Winter 1933

Colleen’s Diary May 15, 1939

I always forget to write. Today was lovely. I earned my first money (50c) from the Canadian Girl for “Dream Castle,”…

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Collen's poem Dream Castle was published in Canadian Girl, May 15, 1939
Colleen’s poem “Dream Castle” was published in Canadian Girl, May 15, 1939, when she was 13 years old.

Colleen’s early days

Colleen Thibaudeau, age 4 months, with her mother Alice Pryce Thibaudeau , and her father, John Stewart Thibaudeau, in Toronto, Ontario, April 1926.

Baby Colleen with her mother and father, Toronto, Ontario, April 29, 1926
Baby Colleen with her mother and father, Toronto, Ontario, April 29, 1926

Welcome!

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.

Colleen Thibaudeau, 1925-2012 Photo by Diane Thompson, 1997
Colleen Thibaudeau, 1925-2012 Photo by Diane Thompson, 1997