Takoma Park's Poetry Walk
Spring for Poetry

Spring has sprung and so too have poetry posters on the streets of Takoma Park — from the Junction to Old Town and locations on New Hampshire Avenue — in the city's parks and at the Community Center and Library.

Our urban poetry walk, now in its eighth year, is a collaboration between the Friends of the Takoma Park Maryland Library and Professor Andrea Adams at Montgomery College's School of Art and Design. Students in Professor Adams' classes have been designing posters selected by a group of poets and writers — this year, Anne Becker, Ian March, Hailey Leithauser, Ann Slayton and Merrill Leffler.

Conceived by Leffler and Slayton, the project developed as it has because of Michele Morgan, whose original poster design led to the collaboration with Montgomery College, and Clair Garman, who has made all the frames and helps maintain the posters over the six months that they are in place.

What are your thoughts about Spring for Poetry and do you have recommendations on poems for next year?

Let us hear from you.


Are there particular poems you liked?
Apr 17, 2014 - The Igloo by Lou Lipsitz

Do you have suggestions of poems for next year?
Apr 17, 2014 - What about this excerpt from Walden?
At length the sun's rays have attained the right angle, and warm winds blow up mist and rain and melt the snowbanks, and the sun, dispersing the mist, smiles on a checkered landscape of russet and white smoking with incense, through which the traveller picks his way from islet to islet, cheered by the music of a thousand tinkling rills and rivulets whose veins are filled with the blood of winter which they are bearing off.

Do you have general comments about Spring for Poetry?
Apr 17, 2014 - Check out #2 on my blog.