Poetry in the Park!

Tahoma Audubon Society will connect people with nature through its 3nd Annual Poetry in the Park event and new poetry installations in local parks.

Patterned after the North Olympic Peninsula’s poetry walks on Olympic National Park trails, our project will install 5 poems in each of 4 parks: Adriana Hess Wetland, Thelma Gilmur, Snake Lake, and Morse Wildlife Preserve. The poems will be printed on durable material, mounted on frames, and installed along park trails from March 31 through May 31, 2018. We hope the poetry signs will encourage walkers to pause, read the poems, and reflect on the magic of the natural world.

Poetry in the Park is made possible by Tahoma Audubon Society, Tacoma Public Libraries, and the Pierce County Library System.          

On April 8, 2018, Tahoma Audubon Society will host a nature-themed poetry reading at Tacoma Nature Center at Snake Lake Park from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. (1919 S Tyler St, Tacoma, WA).  This free event is open to the public.  Poetry in the Park celebrates National Poetry Month and kicks-off the new park installation project. Participants will be invited to read a favorite nature-themed poem from a published poet or an original work.  Following the reading, the group will walk the trails and read the poems installed there.

Also on April 8, a poetry walk will take place at Morse Preserve in Graham as part of the Second Sunday event.  From 10 am to 11 am, walkers can join a leader to experience the poems installed there.

Example of what the sign will be modeled after. Image from Olympic National Park Poetry Walk.

Example of what the sign will be modeled after. Image from Olympic National Park Poetry Walk.

To be located at Adriana Hess Wetland Park

“With Flowers” by Emily Elizabeth Dickinson*

“Trees” by W.S. Merwin

“A Minor Bird” by Robert Frost

"April Rain Song" by Langston Hughes

"Be Mine, Honeybee" by Carol Murrey

To be located at Snake Lake

“How I Go to the Woods” by Mary Oliver*

“Afternoon on a Hill” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

“The Duck” by Ogden Nash

“Hope is the Thing With Feathers” by Emily Dickinson

"Ode to Birdwatching" by Pablo Neruda

To be located at Thelma Gilmur Park

“Dusk In June” by Sara Teasdale*

“Nature is What We See” by Emily Dickinson

“Lost” by David Wagoner

“The Early Bird” by Ted Kooser

"The Swing" by Robert Lewis Stevenson

To be located at Morse Wildlife Preserve

“The Peace of Wild Things” by Wendall Berry*

“Grackles” by Anya Silver

“Wenn etwas mir vom Fenster fallt” by Rainer Maria Rilke

"Go, Ants, Go!" by Carol Murray

"Near the Mountains" by Joseph Bruchac

* = People’s Choice Poems, selected from online voting; the rest selected by volunteer committee)