Walking the Poetry Trail

Friday, April 15th, late afternoon and evening, I was privileged to again walk the Scott and Hella McVay Poetry Trail at D & R Greenway Nature Center in Princeton, NJ. The linked piece by Linda Arntzenius (please see below) describes this lovely event—the first official celebration of the Trail since its opening ceremony and initial walk in late October, 2010. Abenaki poet and storyteller Joseph Bruchac, along with his son Jesse, were the featured poets for this event, and they blessed the beginning of our Trail walk with poems and Native American flute. And then we all happily wandered,  stopping here and there to appreciate various poems posted along the way.

If you live anywhere accessible to the D & R Greenway Center and this marvelous Trail, go walk it asap. It’s a beautiful and meditative experience, and as Linda kindly quotes me saying, I am honored to be a part of it. A high point for me was being able to read my own poem while standing by its installation. I also enjoyed reading the works of several other poets on the Trail.

After the Trail walk we all mingled at a reception with delicious food and then enjoyed a reading—with flute and drum—by Joseph and Jesse. All in all, it was a gala event! Scott and Hella have given us all a wonderful gift, and at each of these ongoing Trail celebrations, they continue to enrich our lives.



About penhart

I am a poet and writer, published widely in journals and anthologies, and my literary autobiography appears as an extended essay in "Contemporary Authors." My poems have recently appeared in "Rattle" ,"Tiferet," and "U.S. 1 Worksheets". Work has also appeared in "The Valparaiso Poetry Review," and "Umbrella." Recent books include 'One Bowl" (2012); "Recycling Starlight" (2010); and "The Night Marsh" (2008).. Earlier collections include "Along River Road"; "Lizard Light: Poems From the Earth"; and "Buried in the Sky." My illustrated alphabestiary for children, "The Beastie Book," was published in the December, 2009, by Shenanigan Books. I have won three poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as awards from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Mary Carolyn Davies Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the first William O. Douglas Nature Writing Award for my work in the anthology "American Nature Writing 2002." I was invited to be a "featured poet" and read at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival, and was awarded a residency / fellowship for January, 2011, at VCCA (Virginia Center for the Creative Arts." I live in the South Jersey shore area, and work as a visiting poet in the schools through programs sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and various other agencies. I'm still fairly new at blogging and hope to add more graphics, etc., as I learn more.
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