The Boreal Poetry Garden

Some new paths, some new poems, and some special guest poets

In honour of the UN International Year of Forests 2011, join Marlene Creates as she leads a walk with readings of site-specific poems in The Boreal Poetry Garden — six acres of boreal forest where she lives in Portugal Cove.

After the walk, we will gather around a bonfire and have some refreshments while we enjoy a reading by an invited guest poet.

Plus, a new art installation by Marlene Creates will be launched:

Our Lives Concurrent for 58 Years Until the Hurricane, Blast Hole Pond Road, Newfoundland 2010.

with the assistance of ecologist Andrew Trant

Sat. July 16 with guest poet Mary Dalton

All events at 7:30 pm and weather permitting.

Limited to 25 people. Advance registration required.

For directions and to register:

or phone 709.895.1020

$15 general; $10 for students, seniors, unwaged.

with the assistance of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council

About The Boreal Poetry Garden

This project uses words in situ to commemorate certain fleeting moments of Marlene Creates’s interaction with the place where she lives. Within these six acres there is a multitude of microhabitats: dark spruce and fir thickets; a steep wooded droke; a windblown tolt with goowiddy and tuckamore; a rattling brook called the Blast Hole Pond River; an overgrown bawn; and moss-covered volcanic rock up to 1,000 million years old. The Boreal Poetry Garden was featured on Bravo! TV.

Wow! Enchanted! Bewildering! What a place for reverie. –RR

Moss cushioned steps, smart words, chuckles… a wonderful sensory experience. –CD

Walking along the wooded trails, my feet, my ears, eyes & nose are Happy, Happy, Happy. –SD

Magical, momentary, evocative, grounding — beautiful. –KK

If you require roasted marshmallows or sublime poetry, please visit Blast Hole Pond Road. –JM