meanwhile in Scotland

July 27, 2020

It has been a while since we added a poetry walk to the list, so say hello to the Corbenic Poetry Path.

Located on the grounds of the old Drumour shooting lodge and estate in Trochry, about 30 minutes from Perth, Scotland, the poetry path displays the work of more than two dozen local poets integrated with diverse landscapes and the artwork of stone carver Martin Reilly. Reilly and poet Jon Plunkett came up with the idea for the poetry path, which was built by volunteers and opened in 2015.

The 3.5km path is open and free, should you find yourself in the neighborhood. Until then, you can browse online here and here.

So…along one of the many roads that lead to these posts, there was information about a new poetry walk (a recurring topic) in Newton, Massachusetts. (We posted about another poetry project in Newton five years ago and were glad to see they’re still at it.) The new project has the excellent name Make Poetry Concrete. (Read more here and here.)

Thinking there might be a better photograph than the one from the City of Cambridge, we searched the term Make Poetry Concrete and were happily misdirected to a Concrete Poem Generator. (Poetry generators are another recurring topic.) Thus you have the silly poem-ish pumpkin-shaped image above. So Happy Halloween!

Happy to report that the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has again partnered with Olympic National Park to offer a sixth season of Poetry Walks: four self-guided walks on trails featuring poetry in the landscape. Poems appear on signs in multiple locations along four trails: the Hall of Mosses Trail, the Madison Falls Trail, the Peabody Creek Trail, and Living Forest Trail. With the exception of the Hall of Mosses Trail, all trails can be accessed without paying fees. The poems will remain on view through May 31, 2019. For more information visit the NOLS Poetry Walks page.

still there

April 23, 2019

It has been five years since we mentioned Renée Adams and her Alexandria, Virginia, Poetry Fence of Del Ray. In fact, Adams has been “posting poetry, comic strips, and interesting news stories” on her fence for ten years now, and has added a poetry mailbox (above), which she keeps supplied with copies of poems for passersby to take. This year, she also “poem-bombed” 57 businesses in downtown Alexandria and invited the public to a poetry walk and reading for National Poetry Month. Read more in The Zebra.

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photo by Amanda Socci

poetry you can walk on

September 18, 2018

It’s been a while since we mentioned poetry walks (we’re especially partial to the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Walk at the downtown Bellingham Public Library) so here’s another one for the list. A first-time competition in Lansing, Michigan, yielded 76 entries and eight winning poems, which were subsequently etched into Lansing city sidewalks.

Each community seems to have a slightly different approach to the challenge of getting the poems onto the sidewalk (see a list of poetry walk links in the right sidebar). Lansing used a high-tech, computer driven etching system. See another photo and more information in The State News, and visit Lansing Sidewalk Poetry Competition on Facebook.

poetry walk

July 20, 2018

Every poem is written one letter at a time, but in Utrecht, a UNESCO City of Literature in the Netherlands, the process is being taken more literally than usual. At the rate of one letter and one tile per week, The Letters of Utrecht (not to be confused with the Brisbane, Australia, music project of the same name) is revealing itself in a poem-without-end. In fact, according to Atlas Obscura, the city- and subscriber-supported project is “being written by a changing roster of Utrecht’s Guild of Poets (so far there have been seven), the words known only to the next writer’s imagination.”

For more, visit this audio tour of Utrecht, including a brief audio introduction to the Letters.

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”

poetry underfoot

July 5, 2018

Spokane, Washington, has taken a slightly different approach to its sidewalk poetry project, I Am a Town. Instead of permanently impressing the words into the sidewalk, this temporary project, dreamed up by former Spokane poet laureate Laura Read, uses stencils and spray paint to add the poems to local sites. The 13 poems were chosen and excerpted from open submissions. See more about the project, a map of the sites, and the full text of the selected poems on the I Am A Town website.

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poem by Fitz Fitzpatrick

Quake!

June 27, 2018

This should be good: Quake: An Everett Lit Walk. Five venues in Everett’s Hewitt Avenue Historic District (starting and ending at Black Lab Gallery), fifteen writers, and loads of fine words.

Hosted by C. C. Hannett, David Callaway, and Emma Bianchi, you’ll hear the voices of Fitz Fitzpatrick, David B. Clark, Jennifer Faylor, Sarah Galvin, Matthew Spencer, Robert Lashley, Carolyn Agree, Annette Kluth, Ru Otto, Laurie Langston, Never Angel, Elizabeth Vignali, Anastacia Tolbert, and David Johnson.

The shaking starts at 1:00pm on Sunday, July 8, 2018. Hang on.

Walk Award plaques!

June 26, 2018

Sooner than expected (it’s usually late July), the ten Walk Award poetry plaques for the 2018 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest have been installed in front of the Central branch of the Bellingham Public Library. They will be on display for a year. Take a poetry walk and enjoy some winning poetry from Whatcom County, Washington.

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