When friend and poet Meg Eden proposed people in different cities host a poetry scavenger hunt to celebrate the release of her new chapbook of poetry, A Week with Beijing, in January 2015, I jumped up and down and said “YES! That sounds fun.” So she sent me a packet of red envelopes and told me to have fun and go crazy. I’ve decided to combine two things I’ve been wanting to do for a while into one: do the scavenger hunt together with all of you on Illustrated Poetry and visit some of the many poetry-historical (it’s a word now!) sites in Boston. Boston and its environs are home to so many important places in regards to poetry; I really enjoy that aspect of living here.
Poetry is a living art – who writes it and what we write about is constantly evolving and yet we are all connected as poets. So Meg’s awesome poetry envelopes will be taking a historical tour with us of Boston. One of them will always be in the picture…somewhere. You can find out more about her new book here.
Today I stopped by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s home in Cambridge. Most schoolchildren are introduced to him as the author of the famous poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” but he had a very long and international career in poetry, including having produced the first American translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy (the Academy of American Poets has a good article about his life). One way to ensure your home will be cared for in perpetuity is to live in a house that was also General George Washington’s headquarters!