The Director of the Master of Fine Arts Program (MFA) at Pine Manor College has selected the work of three Monadnock Region poets to be placed upon trail markers at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge for hikers to peruse as they contemplate nature.
Meg Kearney of New Ipswich, director of the Pine Manor College Low-residency MFA program as well as author of six books of poetry said, “How honored I was to be asked to judge the Cathedral of the Pines’ poetry contest — having been married there in 2012, my husband and I consider it a sacred place. And what a gift these winning poems are to the Cathedral grounds! The German-Swiss poet and novelist Hermann Hesse once said, ‘For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers.’ Now the trees at the Cathedral of the Pines are preachers with a lyrical bent.”
The poems selected in a blind contest requesting the subject matter be “Nature” were “Haiku I & II” by Deni Dickler of Harrisville, “Trail Marker” by Eric Poor of Rindge, who reflected on his efforts, “I hiked the Grassy Pond trail at the Cathedral of the Pines this morning. The trail winds through gracefully twisted tunnels of mountain laurel to a picnic table on the edge of the pond. Each poem is a pleasant surprise and each is exactly where it should be,” and “Untitled” by Keene State Adjunct Journalism Professor Rodger Martin, also of Harrisville.
Patricia Vargas, Executive Director of Cathedral of the Pines, said “One of the most significant advantages of nature is the recreational benefit it provides. Working in collaboration with the Monadnock Writer’s Group not only enables us to embellish our trails, but also reminds our visitors about the value of environmental protection.”
President of Monadnock Writers Sara Miller noted, “This collaboration with the Cathedral of the Pines is exactly what Monadnock Writers’ Group is all about. We exist to support writers and to be present in our community.”
The three poems are mounted on plaques stationed along the Grassy Pond spur trail leading from the parking area to Grassy Pond.
An opening public reception, reading and walk to the markers will be held at Cathedral of the Pines on Monday, July 23, 2018, at 7 p.m. Rain date, Tuesday, July 28, 7 p.m.