Poetry Rings

Louise McKinney Waterfront Park
Louise McKinney Riverfront Park, Edmonton, AB

beginnings just appear
so like a drowsy eye
 
suddenly awake
where a river wells up
 
uncoiling from the ice
where snug beside the land
 
it lay dreaming at
our feet in quiet sleep

E.D. Blodgett

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

poem samples, cree, cree syllabics, french, english
The poems were written in English and French and translated into Cree, Michif, Chinese, and Ukrainian to recognize the multicultural nature of the city.

With sweeping views of the North Saskatchewan River, it’s easy to take a seat and find your own inspiration, here, on the river.

All photos, except where noted, copyright D. MacLeod. All rights reserved.

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