Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Poems for the Open Road: Poets on Travel, Vacation

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July 25, 2017

Songs of the Open Road


Head to the airport, the train station, or the open road to journey to places new and familiar with these poems about travel and vacation.


"Song for Lonely Roads" by Sherwood Anderson
"Cattails" by Nikky Finney
"Souvenir" by Beth Ann Fennelly
"Self-Portrait on the Street of an Unnamed Foreign City" by Jennifer Grotz
"The Decorative Airport Fern Is Not What It Pretends to Be" by Jennifer L. Knox
"And the Trains Go On" by Philip Levine
"Postcard from Rockport" by April Lindner
"The Road from Biloxi" by Khaled Mattawa
"Window Seat: Providence to New York City" by Jacqueline Osherow
"Song of the Open Road, I" by Walt Whitman

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Take a cross-country trip to our country's national parks by reading the poems in our Imagine Our Parks with Poems project, in which we commissioned poets to write poems about national parks in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.


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Read Allen Ginsberg's essay "Taking a Walk through Leaves of Grass," on Walt Whitman's seminal collection, its expansive, universal scope, and its historical, political, and social contexts.

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