Hidden Poetry Hike 1

IMG_7716On Sunday, February 21, Jenny Hammer led the first in a series of hikes celebrating poetry in El Cerrito. She and ten participants hiked through the Hillside Natural Area, Arlington Park, and the city’s new, but not yet, officially open, Dorothy Rosenberg Memorial Park. Along the way they used GPS coordinates to find hidden caches containing poems, then read them out loud. Some were by current or former El Cerrito residents, others by well known poets with ties to the Bay Area. In many cases Jenny contacted the poet who then suggested a poem for inclusion.

This was the first in a series of these hikes, which are co-sponsored by the El Cerrito Arts and Culture Commission. The next hike is March 13. We hope you can join us.

For those of you who couldn’t make it Sunday but might be interested, we have included the coordinates of many of the geocaches below. You are invited to find them, read the poems, and sign the log. [Updated May 1, 2019]

N 37° 55.122, W 122° 18.041                 POET: Ina D. Coolbrith
N 37° 55.163, W 122° 17.992                 POET: Juan Felipe Herrera
N 37° 55.269, W 122° 17.939                 POET: Kay Ryan
N 37° 55.137, W 122° 17.764                 POET: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
N 37° 55.286, W 122° 18.030                 POET: Maya Angelou
N 37° 55.454, W 122° 18.042                 POET: Al Young
N 37° 55.443, W 122° 17.527                 POET: Robert Hass
N 37° 55.816, W 122° 19.233                 POET: Dana Gioia

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