Sites, Poems, and Poets on the Poetry Path
- Site 1: Bucknell Hall
"Ars Poetica #100: I Believe"
This poem announces that poetry is greater than the love lyrics and elegies that we most often associate with the art. Anything we do can be poetry.
- Site 2: Underground Railroad
"For Paul Robeson"
This poem pays homage to Paul Robeson, a professional football player, actor, and concert who was blacklisted for his political affiliations.
- Site 3: Civil War Monument
In "Heroic," the figure on the military monument stares past the female speaker "without recognition."
- Site 4: Churches
The speaker in this poem recognizes the divine but is too tired after a long day to receive it. The poem suggests that faith requires an open mind.
- Site 5: Post Office Building
Naomi Shihab Nye
"The Story, Around the Corner"
This poem is about the chatter of everyday life, which takes on a life of its own, growing and transforming until we no longer have control of it.
- Site 6: Downtown
"How Things Work"
Taking the form of a father's explanation to his daughter, "How Things Work" comments on the monetary transactions that bind a community together.
- Site 7: Hufnagle Park
"Author's Prayer" suggests that we can pay our respects to the dead by praising life, by finding joy in something as ordinary as crossing a street. .
- Site 8: Kidsburg Playground
"How I Quit Sucking My Thumb"
A jaunty rhythm and rhyme underscore the playfulness of this children's poem by Bruce Lansky, an appropriate piece for Lewisburg's "Kidsburg" playground.
- Site 9: Lewisburg Cemetery
Harrison contemplates loss and the passage of time, reminding us that humans are subject to the cycles of the natural world.
- Site 10: Seventh Street & Moore Avenue
"The Proximate Shore"
Koethe's poem reflects on the transitions and unexpected turns we encounter in life.