Spring on the Charles

It’s springtime in Cambridge and the cherry blossoms on The Poetry Tree are nearly gone. Boats row by, cormorants dive, shad leap, runners run and bikers bike, and more and more people stop to read the postings on the Tree. On May 14th, Kimberly Murdaugh and Alexander Isakov posted a poem entitled Ode by Arthur […]

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First Day of Spring at The Tree

Just finished posting the new poems for Spring, 2016 with a full moon rising over the River to the East and an orange and pink sunset to the West. Standing in the remnants of this morning’s Nor’easter’s snowfall but enjoying the daffodils and crocuses opening along the banks of the River. The new poems include […]

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Winter arrives at The Poetry Tree?

The winter solstice arrived three days ago, it’s Christmas Day, but the temperature is hovering close to 70. Cherry trees are blooming, roses festoon bushes all over town, the willows still have green leaves, and snowdrops appeared in some gardens today—climate change has a small upside, I suppose. The fall poems are off the tree, […]

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Winter is on its way

Back in town after some time away and the Tree is looking good. The three Fall poems remain held firmly and nicely in place and a the first stanza of a new poem, October by Louise Gluck has been added by a new contributor. In addition, Christen Foster has sent a poem in via email […]

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Fall on the Charles

Returned from summer in Vermont to find that the Wendell Barry and Emily Dickinson poems had disappeared and a new poem by Louise Gluck had been posted using a variation of the cabling system that has finally proven to be a durable and non-toxic method for fixing poems to the tree.  Looking forward to more […]

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Autumn comes to the Charles

The Summer was a wonderful time for The Poetry Tree on the Charles.  New poems were posted on the tree by a number of people.  The poems included one by Christian Wyman, one by Theresa Cader, two by Wendell Berry, and two poems by local artists who posted their work anonymously.  With the arrival of […]

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Summer Brings New Poems

Returned from Vermont to find that the new method of securing poems to the tree has been very successful—Pastan, Frost, Hirsch all remain in place as does the prior Graham poem hanging by some yarn and the Brooks poem tucked into the hollow branch.  A new poem has appeared, Lord is not a Word by […]

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Summer on the Tree

After returning to Cambridge from a wonderful summer in Vermont, I found the Poetry Tree to be in great shape.  The Welcome message and Linda Pastan’s poem remained secured with the new system of plastic cables, and the Jorie Graham poem tied to a side branch with yarn remained in place, swinging in the gentle […]

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Bad News and Good News

Within a week of re-posting the Poetry Tree welcome notice as well as poems by Linda Pastan and William Wordsworth, all three laminated sheets were gone!  I believe that it’s the wind and the methodology of using nails to attach the sheets to the tree.  The good news is that some very clever poetry-lover attached […]

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