Exploring the Poetic Nature of Public Spaces

Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American Landscape architecture, was brought to Buffalo in 1868 with a vision to design "a city within a park." His legacy includes the expansive green necklace of parks and parkways running through the city of Buffalo - a place Olmsted would call the best planned city in America.

In celebration of Buffalo State's "Year of the City" initiative, the Rooftop Poetry Club invites you to learn more about the genius of Olmsted and the poetic nature of public spaces. Join us for poetry in the park. Guest speakers will introduce us to the rich history behind the parks, followed by guided workshop activities led by poets Irene Sipos and Lisa Forrest.

Upcoming Events

The Rose Garden

September 7, 2012

Featuring author Lynda Schneekloth

The Rose Garden

Friday, September 7th, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Meet at Delaware Park's Rose Garden. Featuring author Lynda H. Schneekloth. View photos and poems from this event on our blog.

Bidwell Parkway

September 28, 2012

Featuring author Carey Anne Miller and poet Andrew Rippeon

Bidwell Parkway

Friday, September 28th, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Meet at Bidwell Parkway’s Colonial Circle (next to the statue of Daniel Davidson Bidwell astride a horse). Featuring author Carey Anne Miller and poet Andrew Rippeon.

The Pedestrian Loop

October 5, 2012

Featuring poet Jonathan Skinner

The Pedestrian Loop

Friday, October 5th, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Meet on the back steps of the Albright Knox Art Gallery (we will be taking a “poetry walk” to Delaware Park’s pedestrian loop). Featuring poet Jonathan Skinner.

Can we "read" Frederick Law Olmsted as we might read one of the great American poets or artists? Olmsted's art has been overgrown by its successes: many of his closest "readers" do not realize that these parks were made, nor have they even heard of Olmsted. Yet Olmsted clearly saw himself as an artist; he also frequently resorted to musical metaphors when describing the effects of his park designs. Like the poet, the artist or the composer, the park‐maker works with materials acting on us indirectly. In this poetry walk, through readings, onsite discussion, and writing exercises, we'll consider some of those materials and effects, gain appreciation for how Olmsted's parks are composed, and consider their changing relationships with the urban environment. Check out Jonathan’s blog.

Rumsey Woods

October 19, 2012

Featuring author Mark Goldman and violinist Rachel Ostrander

Rumsey Woods

Friday, October 19th, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Meet at Delaware Park’s Rose Garden (we will walk to Rumsey Woods). Featuring author Mark Goldman and violinist Rachel Ostrander.

South Park

November 2, 2012

Featuring poet Andrew Rippeon

South Park

Friday, November 2nd, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Meet at Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at South Park (Admission fee: $7.00 per student/$8.00 general public). Carpooling from Buffalo State will be available.

The Burchfield Penney Art Gallery

November 9, 2012

Art, Architecture and Trees: An Interconnected Web by Mary Kozub and Marjorie Lord

Burchfield Penney Art Center

Friday, November 9th, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Join us at the Burchfield Penney Art Center for "Art, Architecture and Trees: An Inter-Connected Web", a special Olmsted themed exhibit and talk by Mary Kozub and Marjorie Lord.

The Parkside Lodge

November 16, 2012

Featuring author Frank Kowsky, storytelling by Eve Everette, and poetry by workshop participants

The Parkside Lodge

Friday, November 16th, 7:00 p.m.

SPECIAL READING EVENT, featuring author Frank Kowsky, poetry by workshop participants, and storytelling performance by Eve Everette. All members of the community are invited to read poems about the city of Buffalo or the parks. Join us at the Parkside Lodge at Delaware Park, located at 84 Parkside Avenue (entrance off Parkside near the 198).

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