In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, we have commissioned fifty poets to write poems about a park in each of the fifty states. Every Thursday this fall we’ve been featuring a selection of five of these new, commissioned parks poems from different regions across the country.
So far we’ve featured twenty-five of the fifty states, with this week’s new additions being Ansel Elkins representing Alabama’s Little River Canyon National Preserve with her poem “Native Memory,” Joan Naviyuk Kane representing Alaska’s Bering Land Bridge National Preserve with her poem “Exceeding Beringia,” Linda Gregerson representing Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore with her poem “Sleeping Bear,” Kazim Ali representing Ohio’s David Berger National Memorial with his poem “Hesperine for David Berger,” and Kathleen Graber representing Virginia’s Assateague Island National Seashore with her poem “America (Assateague).”
Imagine Our Parks with Poems is part of Imagine Your Parks, a grant initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts created in partnership with the National Park Service to support projects that use the arts to engage people with the memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System.
Read this week’s new national park poems, as well as the previous park poems, on our Imagine Our Parks with Poems page.