November 2016 July 2017 March 2018 February 2019

After the presidential election in November 2016, and the fear and hate mongering that had been weighing heavy on her heart, Melissa decided to defend hope and community by creating a little Poet Tree on our front corner. At the time our fig tree’s bare branches leafed with poems of joy, compassion, love, and life. During the summer the fig tree unfurled its famous leaves fully, and we re-configured the poems as a garland. The tree has been filled with poems ever since.

As poet Natasha Trethewey said in her introduciton to Best American Poetry 2017, "We need the truth of poetry, and its beauty, now more than ever."

We hope that reading these poems helps us foster truth, beauty, and human connection.

If you're in the area, please stop by for a "U-Pick" poem for your pocket, your frig, or a friend. Feel free to add your own poems and or art to the tree for others as well. You may also want to visit our blog, GranadaKitchenDance@WordPress, for "A Poem for the Week."


National Poetry Month April 2019

"Each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives." See more at Poets.org.

For the Poet Tree this April, we created poetry postcards for visitors to keep or share, one format for kids at heart and one format for older in mind.


How are we to live? Redux March 2019

This is a theme we'd used in humanities curriculum we created for the San Diego Jewish Academy. We brought the theme back to guide this project by inviting passersby to choose one of 18 qualities they would like to nourish and then choose a poem color-coded to that quality. In Judaism, the number 18 signifies life, so for this project, we selected 18 positive qualities to nurture.

 


We, August 2018

The Poet Tree started in November 2016 as a call for hope. Hundreds of poems, quotes, and images have grown on the tree and invited many conversations and a nurturing of the "WE" that we believe to be so important today. As the Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey said in her introduction to the Best American Poetry 2017, "We need poetry now more than ever."

 

YOU HE SHE I THEY WE

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu is a
Sanskrit mantra which means:

“May all beings everywhere be
happy and free, and may the
thoughts, words, and actions of
my own life contribute in some
way to that happiness and to that
freedom for all.”

 


Installation Posters

Along with poems and art on The Poet Tree, we have been posting poems and art weekly in the beautiful frame that our friend, Ryan Turner created around Doug's stained glass. Ryan and Doug installed the frame in our front yard to share the glow with the nieghborhood.



As of May 27, 2019, we have exhibited 145 pieces in the installation. Melissa and Doug collaborated on the following. Enjoy!

 



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