Poetry Park

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Poetry Park

Residing in the heart of the Lefton Esplanade greenway, the Poetry Park offers an outdoor gallery with changeable display kiosks featuring Traveling Stanzas — poems by Wick Poetry Center authors, school children, Kent State University students and the Northeast Ohio community. This rotating display of poetry posters, which was the brain- child of the Wick Poetry Center, in collaboration with School of Visual Communication Design Professor Valora Renicker, adds a lively and interactive component to the park.

The landscaped park is an inviting space to gather with friends or sit alone for reflection and inspiration. It offers a tangible, physical expression — like the Lefton Esplanade itself — of the creative connection between Kent State University and the surrounding community. It provides a setting for public events that bring the university and town together and is a gathering place for many, including visitors to the esplanade, the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center and nearby retail establishments. The centerpiece of the poetry park is a 50-seat performance amphitheatre and specially commissioned 12-foot bronze sculpture by artist and Wick Poetry Center co-founder Robert Wick. 

 

Photos of Poetry Park

 

Seated Earth in the snow
Photo: Todd Thompson

The Poetry Park in the snow
Photo: Todd Thompson

Poetry Park in the Sunset
Photo: Melanie Nesteruk