Sending poetry out into the world
by Amanda M. Socci
April offers many pleasantries, among them the sweet harmonies of birds, longer daylight hours, and National Poetry Month. And Renee Adams, the creator and curator of the Del Ray Poetry Fence, will host local poetry celebrations all month.
Events in Del Ray
On April 6, Adams will host her Second Annual Poetry Walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., starting at the Duncan Branch of the Alexandria Public Library, 2501 Commonwealth Avenue, and proceeding along Mount Vernon Avenue and some side streets. Library patrons will walk with Adams, who will recite poems from 64 “Poems on the Avenue” posted at outside 57 businesses. This year marks the 5th anniversary of Poems on the Avenue, which began when Adams “poem-bombed Mount Vernon Avenue [by posting] 25 poems in public spaces” in 2015.
On April 14, Adams will welcome guests to her home at 221 E. Windsor Avenue to celebrate 10 years of posting poetry, comic strips, and interesting news stories to her poetry bulletin boards and on her home fence to entertain passersby. She will offer poem writing and book making stations for all ages. For children, Adams plans a fairy garden, word beads, and ways to create leaf weather-gram poetry on paper to hang on trees, reminiscent of Yoko Ono’s interactive WISH TREE exhibition.