When people want to find the words to express the most felt experiences of life, they look to poetry. Poetry was a regular part of my life while growing up. My father used to recite poems while cooking breakfast on Saturday mornings, and he wrote poems for me as a child. I learned to love poetry for its rhythms, sounds, and the way it uses words to ask questions and makes us wonder, how it helps us see the world anew, and for how it can restore us.
For a long time I’ve had the idea to put poems out and about campus for people to read on posts. Through former AES student Michelle Zabinsky, and Kathy Zabinsky, former AES faculty member, I learned this past summer about the poetry posts that citizens are putting up in their yards in Portland, Oregon, and decided it would be wonderful if we had our own poetry posts here on campus.
What is a poetry post? It is a pole or post that faces passers by. Attached to the post is a clear box for placing poems. Poems are shared this way with those walking by, and from time to time, the poems are changed. The posts are a wonderful way of sharing creativity and of adding to other people’s lives through words.
We have two poetry posts on the AES campus now, thanks to the work and help of Sarabjeet and FMO. One of the posts is by the bench in front of the Tiger’s Den. The other is in the rock garden in front of the HOP near the benches there. Every few weeks the poems will change. Some poems will be from published authors and some will be students’ poems. People can submit poems they have written or favorite poems by sending them to this e-mail: address: email@example.com
Stop by and read the poems. If you want a copy, take one. There will be several in the box, so go ahead and take one if the poem speaks to you.
In Hard Times, Dickens wrote, “There is a wisdom of the Head, and…there is a wisdom of the Heart.” Poetry is not only an expression of the mind, it educates the heart. Stop by one of the AES poetry posts now and then and see what words poets might have in store for you.