beginnings just appearE.D. Blodgett
so like a drowsy eye
where a river wells up
uncoiling from the ice
where snug beside the land
it lay dreaming at
our feet in quiet sleep
In September 2008, poetry rings decorating 40 light standards in Louise McKinney Riverfront Park were unveiled. Etched on each one was an excerpt, in one of six languages, from Poems for a Small Park by Edmonton’s former Poet Laureate, E.D. Blodgett. The poems and their method of presentation were specifically created as public art for the park and, in 2009, the installation won an Edmonton Urban Design Award of Merit.
“Like time and history, the river is always flowing away, always moving on, so, I’m trying to punctuate, slow down that flow with these poems,” says Blodgett. – Edmonton Journal, September 4, 2008
With sweeping views of the North Saskatchewan River, it’s easy to take a seat and find your own inspiration, here, on the river.
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