Oh Canada Poetry Contest

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command….

With the recent death of journalist Michelle Lang in Afghanistan, three things occurred to me:
1. Words and poems matter;
2. Equality matters; and
3. Our national anthem sucks.

So with that in mind, the Foundation for Public Poetry is launching the Oh Canada Poetry Contest. The goal is to rewrite one line, and only one line, “True patriot love in all thy sons command.”

RULES:
1. The winning line will be selected by The Foundation for Public Poetry, perhaps in consultation with others;
2. If the winning line is submitted by numerous people only one will be selected by a random draw;
3. The selected winner will receive $20 and a copy of Leonard Cohen You’re Our Man;
4. The winning line will be sent to the House of Commons requesting that the National Anthem be amended;
5. Entrants must submit their one(1) line via email to: publicpoetry@gmail.com with the subject line “Oh Canada submission” Submissions addressed incorrectly, or that do not comply with all rules will not be considered;
6. Entrants must live in Canada and must include their name, address, postal code, and phone number with their submission;
7. Only one entry per person;
8. The decision of the judge(s) is final;

9. Entrants must include the following with their submission: “I relinquish all rights to the line submitted, it will be considered a gift to Canada.”
10. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2010 at midnight.

The official lyrics can be found at http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/ceem-cced/symbl/anthem-eng.cfm#a0

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