US Poet Laureate Ada Limón wants you to picnic with poetry — at our National Parks

June 11, 2024

This Friday in Provincetown, she’s launching ‘You Are Here: Poetry in Parks,’ a series of nature-poem installations. Read on for the poem she’s chosen to celebrate the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Poet Laureate Ada Limón. Photo: Shawn Miller

The late Stanley Kunitz, who served two terms as US Poet Laureate, was nearly as famous for his garden as his poems. After buying a home in Provincetown with his wife, Elise Asher, in the 1960s, the Worcester-born poet spent much of his time there, cultivating a lush plot he’d grown by building terraces in the dunes and filling them with seaweed and peat moss.

When Ada Limón, the current Poet Laureate, came to Provincetown to begin a seven-month fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in late 2001, Kunitz’s garden was on her mind. Her best friend, the playwright Trish Harnetiaux, drove her up from New York City. As they pulled into the lot at the retreat, Trish accidentally backed over a small bit of landscaping.

Read the full article in The Boston Globe here.

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