It has been more than two years since we mentioned the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Poetry Trail in Queensland, Australia. Happily, the Pente Poets have been hard at work in the meantime and the trail “was launched in fine style in December 2017,” according to poet Judith Bandidt. The trail winds through “hinterland, urban centres and coastline,” with poems carved in sandstone, wood, and metal marking the route.

Congratulations to the Pente Poets for completing this ambitious project.

Read more about the trail, the poets, the poems (including audio), and the process, on the Pente Poets website and on Facebook.

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image: Maleny Trail poem by Lyn Browne, excerpted from “Black cockatoos”


April 3, 2018

The Land Bank and San Juan Island National Historical Park, along with students from Stillpoint School and Spring Street International School, celebrate the “Year of the Bird” for National Poetry Month. Between April 1 and April 30, the Land Bank’s Westside Lake trail loop at Limekiln Preserve will feature bird-inspired poems written by students ages 5-13.

poetry park

May 1, 2017

It’s May! And if a walk in the park is on your agenda, consider a visit to Olympic National Park where, for the fourth year, poems are placed along four trails: the Hall of Mosses Trail, the Living Forest Trail, the Madison Falls Trail, and the Peabody Creek Trail. Created through a partnership with the North Olympic Library System (NOLS), the poems will remain on display through May 31. Learn more on the NOLS website and in this article in the Peninsula Daily News.

poetry walk Down Under

January 4, 2016

Pente poets - Maroochy Bushland

The Pente Poets, a group of poets and poetry lovers on eastern Australia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, have been sharing and publishing poetry for ten years. Over the course of the last year, they have examined sites all along the Sunshine Coast with the intention of creating a Poetry Trail. At the same time, they were “seeking inspiration for their writing in parks, gardens, walking trails and other public spaces in a number of locations on the Sunshine Coast encompassing Blackall Range, the hinterland and the coastline from Coolum to Caloundra.” They compiled more than 200 of their poems into a book, Hinterland to Headland: A Poetry Trail for the Sunshine Coast.

While a permanent poetry trail is still in the works, this month Pente Poets will present a weekend “ephemeral poetry trail,” Hinterland to Headland, that will offer themed poetry readings in four iconic environment and heritage venues. The project is funded through the Sunshine Coast Council Regional Arts Development Fund and supported by The Sunshine Coast Environment Council in partnership with SCCA Creative Alliance.

If you happen to find yourself on the Sunshine Coast on January 22-24, 2016, join them! In any case, you can find out more about the poetry trail, including many photos of the region, on the Pente Poets website.
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photo: Upland Trail, Maroochy Bushland and Botanic Gardens, Tanawha

poetry walking…

July 16, 2014

Key West sidewalk

Beth Fender poem

Wesley - The Turtle - River of Words

Frost - The Road Not TakenWith our ongoing interest in all-things-poetry-walk, here’s a quick update on some poetry walk activity.

The city of Key West, Florida, now has 17 sidewalk poems. Shown is part of a poem by Sullins Stuart that honors the late Key West resident Shel Silverstein. (Photo by Carol Tedesco, Florida Keys News Bureau)

Beth Fender founded two poetry groups in the town of Belper, Derbyshire, in the East Midlands of England. After her death, local poets decided to honor her with a trail of poems, each display unique in its design and materials. (photo: Beth Fender’s poem)

“The River of Words Poetry Trail is a series of unique, temporary installations celebrating the nature-inspired poetry of local students winding through some of the Hudson Highlands’ most inspiring natural settings.” Children’s poems are displayed on muslin banners along The Constitution Marsh Trail in the Hudson River watershed. (photo: Wesley’s poem)

Operated by the U.S. Forest Service, the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail makes a 1.2-mile loop through Frost country near Ripton, Vermont. (photo and description of trail)

Drawing inspiration from the very successful St. Paul, Minnesota, sidewalk poetry program, the city of Appleton, Wisconsin, last week impressed the first of an ongoing series of poems into its sidewalks. The images aren’t very good, but you can see the story from WBAY Wisconsin here and the city’s announcement here.

There are a number of other poetry walks in the planning stages. We’ll keep you posted.

another poetry walk…

January 2, 2012

Scott and Hella McVay Poetry TrailMeandering a mile and a half through trees and meadows, the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail in Princeton, New Jersey, provides scenic vistas along with the opportunity to contemplate 48 poems from an assortment of countries and eras. Dedicated in 2010, the trail is sited in Greenway Meadows Park, once the residence of Robert Wood Johnson and now part of the D&R Greenway Land Trust. Read more about the Poetry Trail here; take a video tour here.