The Poetry Path
Sites, Poems, and Poets
- Site 1: Bucknell Hall
"Ghazal: Waiting "
Hacker's "Ghazal: Waiting" is a meditation on the act of waiting and its impact on writing, relationships, and aging.
- Site 2: Underground Railroad
This poem pays homage to Billie Holiday, an influential African American singer who redefined jazz vocals and is perhaps best known for the protest song "Strange Fruit." .
- Site 3: Veterans Memorial
"Facing It" reflects the speaker's experience on visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.
- Site 4: Churches
"Here I Am, Lord"
In Chitwood's "Here I Am, Lord," the speaker considers his relationship with God and how faith, like an umbrella, is a protection often taken for granted.
- Site 5: Post Office Building
At the Post Office
"At the Post Office" uses a humorous, relatable setting as a springboard for reflections on what in life is temporary and what is more permanent.
- Site 6: Downtown
Marie Howe's "Hurry" offers a snapshot of a mother-daughter relationship and captures the difficulty of trying to live in the present moment.
- Site 7: Hufnagle Park
"Providence" commemorates Hurricane Camille, a devastating storm that resulted in hundreds of deaths in the author's native Mississippi.
- Site 8: Kidsburg Playground
Three Poems: "Duck Parade," "A Raft of Ducks: a Haiku," and "Calligraphy."
Yolen's poems feel right at home at Kidsburg Playground. Her ear-pleasing, rhythmic poems honor the ducks that can often be found bathing in the creek here.
- Site 9: Lewisburg Cemetery
"Untitled [this is what was bequeathed us]"
Orr's poem contemplates what we are left with after the death of a loved one. This poem is offered by the Stadler Center in memory of friend and poet Harold Richard Bakst (1953-2013).
- Site 10: Seventh Street & Moore Avenue
"Scarecrow on Fire"
Young's "Scarecrow on Fire" appropriately invokes images rooted in the Pennsylvania landscape and closes with the powerful claim that poetry "is my soul, freed."