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Check out the Monet to Mallarme Poetry Walk at the New York Botanical Garden

By Harriet Staff

If you’re in New York this summer, this is surely not to be missed. We have the Poetry Society of America and the New York Botanical Garden to thank for bringing together a “stunningly beautiful convergence of gardens, painting, and poetry” in Monet’s Garden Poetry Walk: Monet to Mallarmé, which runs from May 19-October 21. From The Best American Poetry blog:

To walk the gardens, read the words, take in the artist’s palette, and stand before two of Monet’s rarely seen paintings is to get a sense of the rush of creative spirit and intelligence that marked the interactions of the Mardistes, painters, poets, writers and musicians who gathered regularly at Mallarmé’s Paris apartment more than 120 years ago.

This third collaboration between the Poetry Society of America and the New York Botanical Garden, following Emily Dickinson’s Garden in 2010 and the 2011 Gardens of the Alhambra featuring poems by Federico García Lorca, is a must see, with months ahead for repeat visits. The exhibit is open through October 21.

And there’s more!

The impressively wide-ranging offerings as a result of this collaboration between the Poetry Society of America and the Botanical Garden include, over the course of the next five months, films, concerts, poetry readings, and children’s art activities. A new NYBG in Bloom APP allows visitors to the exhibit to toggle between the plants in Monet’s Garden and Monet’s paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A Saturday afternoon Salon Series, will feature poets reading from their favorite French poets and speaking about their influences.


Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.