Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Turning a Dead Tree into a Poem Tree (Poetree?)

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Found this blog last night that belongs to literary/political blogger Jacob Russell and read his post titled "Poem Trees in Winter." I felt this surge of enthusiasm that I haven't experienced in awhile and wished I had found this earlier in the semester so that I could have passed it to my students and made it into a class project or something.

The idea is simple: we are bound to walk pass a dead tree and most of the time, we don't even notice its existence. What happens if we bring the tree back to life by hanging bits of poems on the branches? Will people once again stop in their tracks and celebrate the things worth celebrating? Celebrate its presence or in Jacob's words: "pay your respects to a tree who died too young."

Here's a snippet of the blog post: (Click HERE to read the whole piece)

Poor little tree on Passyunk, between Morris and Tasker: dead before its time.

I wrote poems on its trunk, hung can tabs and ribbons green and red from my spirit stick to make it feel better... even though it's dead. And feathers--that it would think a bird has come to call and left a card. To make it feel better.

But no one stops to see. They pass it by. They don't see the dead tree
They don't see the poems,
or the aluminum tabs
or the leaves dangling from fine copper wire
or the ribbons green and red from my spirit stick.

I think it needs more poems. Come hang poems from the branches!
Write poems on the smooth barkstripped trunk! Make it a happy poem tree!

At the very least, stop and say hello. Stop and pay your respects to a tree who died too young

Even better, take ribbon or colored string and leave poems on clips so people can take and read them. Anon... or leave your name and webpage and where someone could buy your books... or send you money for your poems cause poets have to live too. Or just so they know where to send you thanks, to tell you how happy they were to read your poems (most poets really like that too--even if some won't admit it)

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Jacob Russell said...

Thanks for the nod. The whole Poem Tree series was published in Apiary 2. Another blog post here: http://jacobrussellsbarkingdog.blogspot.com/2011/07/conversation-with-poem-tree.html

--Jacob