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Inagurual Installtion

In this first year of the project, the Poetry Society and NYC Parks placed poems in five public parks: Clason Point Park (Bronx), Valentino Pier Park (Brooklyn), Sunken Playground (Manhattan), Clove Lakes Park (Staten Island), and Francis Lewis Park (Queens). Poets featured in the installations hail from around the world, and non-English works are presented in both the original language and English translation. 

Featured Poems

“Dark Light / Oscura luz”
by Francisco X. Alarcón
“I Was Never Able to Pray”
by Edward Hirsch
by W.S. Merwin
Six Tankas
by Harryette Mullen
“I Sit Here”
by Liu Xia, translated from the Chinese by Ming Di and Jennifer Kronovet

The Poetry Society’s programs are made possible by the generous support of The Destina Foundation, the Poetry Foundation, the Hawthornden Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Lyric Foundation, Humanities NY, Hyde & Watson, and the Bydale Foundation, as well as public support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. We are also grateful for the ongoing support of our members and individual donors.