Next time you decide to stop and smell the roses–or cherry blossoms–in a NYC park, be sure to stop and read some poetry as well, because poems are taking over NYC’s parks!
Park Poems is a new initiative that’s turning poems into tangible site-specific works of art throughout various NYC parks.
Inviting parkgoers to pause and experience a moment of reflection and contemplation, the poems can be found meshing perfectly with the area’s surrounding landscape and park infrastructure. The selected poets come from all around the world, and non-English poems are displayed in both English and in their native language.
Throughout the first year of the project, poems will be displayed in the following parks:
Manhattan: Sunken Playground, “Oscura luz / Dark Light” by Francisco X. Alarcón (Spanish/English)
Brooklyn: Valentino Pier, “I Was Never Able to Pray” by Edward Hirsch
Queens: Francis Lewis Park, “Six Tankas” by Harryette Mullen
Staten Island: Clove Lakes Park, “我坐在這裡 / I Sit Here” by Liu Xia (Chinese/English)
Bronx: Clason Point Park, “Twilight” by W.S. Merwin
The installations at these parks will remain on view for approximately one year.
“Our public parks are important oases amid the hustle of NYC life, and these poetry installations will invite park patrons to pause, reflect, and connect with their environment in new ways,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue in a press release.
“Making beautiful poetry accessible to New Yorkers in all five boroughs fits perfectly with our mission at NYC Parks,” she added.