Recent article in the Harvard Crimson

A Harvard undergraduate reporter interviewed me recently for the Harvard Crimson, having noticed the poetry tree on a walk along the Charles.  You can read the full text of the article here.

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  1. Dear Michael,

    Yonatan Grad and I were tutors at Leverett and set up the poetry walk three times–2002, 2003, and 2004. We got a permit from the Parks and Recreation Department each year for a couple weeks. But they were stringent in their requirements–we had to walk the three-mile path each day to pick up vandals’ assaults. They seemed worried that someone would use the stakes to impale others, or animals, or just as projectiles.

    Anyway, it was a lovely experience for us, and our website got beautiful comments. There was an article in the Crimson, I think.

    Where is the tree? I now live near the Mt Auburn Cemetery and walk there rather than the river–just convenience. But I’d love to go visit the tree.

    I also did a poetry path in 2006 or 2007 at the Boston Nature Center using poems that had references to birds. By then, we were having them printed on grey aluminum in white lettering –lovely. I kept them for years–maybe I have some still? I know Sapho’s fragment, “If you are squeamish, don’t prod the beach rubble” is on my office wall at MassArt–I’m a professor there. Yonatan is faculty at Brigham’s and HSPH.

    So, some background for your mystery! Warmly,

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