Tuesday, May 21, 2024

An image for the Harvard Square’s Poetry Stroll. (Image: Grace Coffey/National Park Service)

Another reason to visit Harvard Square arrives Saturday: the third annual Poetry Stroll, a self-guided, 18-stop outdoor tour that highlights local poets by displaying works in storefronts and public spaces.

There’s a pointed theme to the stroll this year in “finding hope in trying times,” say organizers at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, the Harvard Square Business Association and Mass Poetry.

They point to 15-year-old Cambridge Rindge and Latin sophomore Justice Brooks’ “Cataclysm of Snowfall” and its closing thought that “you, and I are one” (installed on Brattle Plaza) to encourage interactivity with the stroll. Participants can think of a time they felt deeply connected to something, someone or an idea, write a poem or create art reflecting it – or reacting to any of the featured poems – and either email it to [email protected] or share it on social media using #HSQPoetry2022. It may be featured on the National Park Service’s Harvard Square Poetry Stroll page.

The stroll’s poems – which can also be read on the stroll website – will be on view until Jan. 1.

Taking the walk brings participants from such obvious locations as the Grolier Poetry Book Shop at 6 Plympton St. to churches, theaters, public and historical sites, private homes and The Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., but also to such unlikely stops as a pizza joint, barbecue restaurant and shoe repair shop.