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Poetry of Central Park Walk with Stephen Wolf
May 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Wednesday, May 15th 6:30-7:45pm
From its inception, Central Park was designed by Olmsted and Vaux as a work of art, free from “the incessant emphasis of artificial objects” and meant to be relished “through the eye”. Author and poet Stephen Wolf takes this guiding principle to include the mind’s eye, as well. Wolf is our guide for a unique contemplative walk through one special sliver of the park, which he first discovered in 1977 and has returned to countless times since. We’ll glide easily between present and past, taking time to quietly connect with the landscape and history of the space. Familiar sites like Bethesda Fountain and the Bandshell may change when viewed through a slightly different lens. Certain spots may inspire a reading from Wolf’s book “Central Park Love Song”; others could elicit a “did you know…” nugget (which you probably didn’t). Perhaps you’ll have your own memory or poetic inspiration to share.
Not your usual walk, we’re dedicating this evening to slowing our steps and opening our hearts to the poetry of the park.
“[Stephen Wolf’s] “Central Park Love Song: Wandering Beneath the Heaventrees” is an eloquent, evocative ode that encompasses New York history, past and contemporary protagonists, geography and botany so gracefully that reading his book is like, well, a walk in the park. ” – Sam Roberts, The New York Times