Tucked between branches, peeking from behind a trailing vine or boldly displayed on the trunk of an ancient maple, this year’s poetry panels are bringing a touch of gentle whimsy to a popular Burlington natural area.
Fourteen bite-size poems were selected from entries submitted by Burlington Writers Workshop members. The winners were transcribed onto simple black panels with a few strokes of white pen, then installed along a wooded portion of the Calkins Trail in Burlington’s Intervale, conveniently located just one mile from the city’s downtown.
Poetry Path ’23 was created by writer-volunteers, with a generous welcome from the Intervale Center. Its theme, in harmony with one of the Center’s core missions, is Food for the Soul. Unlike similar “story walks” in the Burlington area, this path integrates the poetry panels into the trees that support them. Look up as you stroll and enjoy!
Drive down Intervale Road. Pass the Intervale Center at 180.
The road then turns to gravel. Keep going past the first trailhead parking, 282 Intervale Road, and park at the next lot.
Start at the trailhead with the boulders and walk past the People’s Farm towards the Calkins River Trail. Cross the farm road into the woods and turn left at the junction of the Gottesman Living Memorial and Intervale Conservation Nursery.
NB: July’s catastrophic flood was a boon to mosquitoes – bring repellent and don’t be afraid to use it!
BWW is a non-profit organization offering free learning opportunities to writers at every level that help them develop creatively. All poems were written by BWW members.