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The BWW Poetry Path, featuring short poems by 16 of our members, is now enhancing an obscure trail connecting the Arms Forest with Rock Point Road in Burlington’s New North End. Since the poem panels were installed they have attracted favorable comments, according to the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department, the Poetry Path’s facilitating partner. Even the Burlington Free Press had nice things to say.
The BWW Poetry Path was inspired by a similar path in Tadoussac, a picturesque village on Quebc’s North Shore known for its whale-watching tours. In 2015, Quebec resident and arts lover Dany Chartrand (A.K.A. Mme. Chose) realized a long-standing dream with the installation of her first annual Poésie Dans Les Arbres (Poetry in the Trees). Renewed every spring, the poetry panels are taken down in the fall and given away to village residents.
In 2019, a BWW member was camping at Tadoussac and discovered the beautiful path. She took the idea home to Burlington. With the gracious help of Mme Chose, the support of the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department, and the efforts of BWW volunteers, our own small Poetry Path is now a reality. Each panel displays the original work of a BWW member.
Unlike other poetry walks in the Burlington area, our path integrates simple panels into the trees that support them. The result is that the stroller gazes slightly upward to see a short line of verse amidst branches and green leaves.
The Poetry Path is just one of the many things BWW offers to writers at every level. Interested? Check out our website today! We hope to see you soon at one of our workshops – remember, they are always free.
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