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Dozens Enjoy Recitations Of Original Works During Poetry Walk Reception



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Poetry was in the air at the Booth Library “Poetry Walk” reception celebrated April 7. Approximately 75 people gathered in the library’s meeting room for the Sunday afternoon program that offered the contributors an opportunity to recite their submitted works and share their passion for poetry with attendees.

The event was presented in conjunction with National Poetry Month and the installation of “Poetry Walk” signs at the Fairfield Hills Campus. The signs display the poems written by the local poets.

More than 100 poems were submitted for review, with 42 selected for the signs along the Poetry Walk. The remaining poems are currently on display at the library.

Throughout the month, visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of the picturesque Fairfield Hills landscape, embellished with an array of poems thoughtfully displayed on signs. The immersive experience invites reflection and connection with nature, as well as the written word, providing a perfect backdrop to the verses that have been selected to resonate with a diverse audience.

The Poetry Walk, according to a press release from the library ahead of the reception, “is designed to be an inspiring journey, encouraging participants to explore the beauty of both poetry and the surroundings.”

The project was founded by the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library.

A detailed map of the poem locations is available on the library’s website (chboothlibrary.org), ensuring visitors can fully engage with the unique literary display.

Anita Dees during a recent program at C.H. Booth Library. It was standing room only for guests at the April 7 reception held in honor of the installation of The Poetry Walk at Fairfield Hills as part of a celebration of National Poetry Month. The gathering offered the opportunity for contributors who’d had their work selected to recite their submitted works and share their passion for poetry with the community. —Bee Photos, Glass
Sophia Pasquariello sits with her friends after reading her poem “As Time Passes,” which was enthusiastically received by the guests.
Liz Hussain got teary eyed as she read her poem “Your Absence” in memory of her father who passed away three years ago.
Karson Joyner, who recently relocated from California, read his poem “Cabin in the Woods.” Joyner also noted it was “good to be back home.”
Sarah Wetzel read her poem “Like Foxes” to a rapt audience.
Adult Services Librarian Shari Merrill, with daughter Rosalie, and Booth Library Director Jennifer Nash. Roslie, 9, shared her poem, “The Beach,” during Sunday’s reception.
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