Detroit Lakes Poetry Walk

Detroit Lakes Poetry Walk The DL Poetry Walk is a grassroots public art project that displays original poems in our cute town.

Polar Fest 2022 was our inaugural โ€˜Polartry Poetry Walkโ€™, and Summer 2022 was our first 'Flowerpot Poetry Walk' - and they were a lovely addition to our public spaces. We hope to continue and potentially expand the two seasonal poetry walks as a way to inspire, celebrate, and promote poets of all ages, while also providing outdoor public art to encourage people to get out and make the most of both

winter and summer in our beautiful community in Minnesota. Full disclosure: We have plans to have a year-round Detroit Lakes Poetry Walk as a public art installation in the near future. But we decided, rather than wait for all the working pieces of that project to come together, we would launch the โ€˜Polartry Poetry Walkโ€™ and 'Flowerpot Poetry Walk' as temporary public art installations and a fun way to introduce the concept and build excitement for public poetry in the community.

It's true about more than just the lottery. You also can't have your poem displayed in our 2024 Polartry Poetry Walk if ...
01/09/2024

It's true about more than just the lottery. You also can't have your poem displayed in our 2024 Polartry Poetry Walk if you don't submit your poems to us for consideration.
The clock is ticking.
๐•Š๐•Œ๐”น๐•„๐•€๐•Š๐•Š๐•€๐•†โ„•๐•Š ๐”ป๐”ผ๐”ธ๐”ป๐•ƒ๐•€โ„•๐”ผ ๐•๐”ธโ„• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ
โ€ข Email up to 3 original poems to ๐ƒ๐‹๐ฉ๐จ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค@๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ.๐œ๐จ๐ฆ
โ€ข NOTE: 18 lines of verse max & 40 characters per line max (counting spaces & punctuation!)
โ€ข Any form or topic (but selected poems will be displayed in a family-friendly park in northern MN in the middle of winter)
โ€ข All ages and locations welcome to partcipate

If you're looking for a sign it's time to submit your poems for the 2024 Polartry Poetry Walk - this is it. You have ONE...
01/08/2024

If you're looking for a sign it's time to submit your poems for the 2024 Polartry Poetry Walk - this is it. You have ONE WEEK left to submit your poems!
๐•Š๐•Œ๐”น๐•„๐•€๐•Š๐•Š๐•€๐•†โ„•๐•Š ๐”ป๐”ผ๐”ธ๐”ป๐•ƒ๐•€โ„•๐”ผ ๐•๐”ธโ„• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ
โ€ข Email up to 3 original poems to ๐ƒ๐‹๐ฉ๐จ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค@๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ.๐œ๐จ๐ฆ
โ€ข NOTE: 18 lines of verse max (not counting title and line breaks) & 40 characters per line max (counting spaces & punctuation!)
โ€ข Any form or topic (but selected poems will be displayed in a family-friendly park in northern MN in the middle of winter)

01/08/2024

It's your time to shine! Share your poetry with us for a chance to be selected for our 2024 Polartry Poetry Walk in the City Park during Detroit Lakes Polar Fest. You have nothing to lose and OH SO MUCH TO GAIN.

๐•Š๐•Œ๐”น๐•„๐•€๐•Š๐•Š๐•€๐•†โ„•๐•Š ๐”ป๐”ผ๐”ธ๐”ป๐•ƒ๐•€โ„•๐”ผ ๐•๐”ธโ„• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ
โ€ข Email up to 3 original poems to ๐ƒ๐‹๐ฉ๐จ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค@๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ.๐œ๐จ๐ฆ
โ€ข NOTE: 18 lines of verse max & 40 characters per line max (counting spaces & punctuation!)
โ€ข Any form or topic (but selected poems will be displayed in a family-friendly park in northern MN in the middle of winter)
โ€ข All ages and locations welcome!

The DL Poetry Walk is a grassroots public art project that displays original poems in our cute town.

Thanks for the write-up, Vicki Gerdes with Detroit Lakes Newspapers! We're excited for Polar Fest 2024 and the Polartry ...
01/07/2024

Thanks for the write-up, Vicki Gerdes with Detroit Lakes Newspapers! We're excited for Polar Fest 2024 and the Polartry Poetry Walk. But first, y'all need to submit your poems by Jan 15th to have a chance for your poetry to be included!๐Ÿคฉ

Why does January 1st get all the attention? Today is equally important! It's a beautifully blank page just waiting for y...
01/06/2024

Why does January 1st get all the attention? Today is equally important! It's a beautifully blank page just waiting for you to make your mark. (Which, BTW, if your mark comes in the form of a poem, please share it with us for a chance to have it included in our 2024 Polartry Poetry Walk. But hurry, submissions close soon!)
๐•Š๐•Œ๐”น๐•„๐•€๐•Š๐•Š๐•€๐•†โ„•๐•Š ๐”ป๐”ผ๐”ธ๐”ป๐•ƒ๐•€โ„•๐”ผ ๐•๐”ธโ„• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ
โ€ข Email up to 3 original poems to ๐ƒ๐‹๐ฉ๐จ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค@๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ.๐œ๐จ๐ฆ
โ€ข NOTE: 18 lines of verse max & 40 characters per line max (counting spaces & punctuation!)
โ€ข Any form or topic (but selected poems will be displayed in a family-friendly park in northern MN in the middle of winter)
โ€ข All ages and locations welcome to submit

Our winter needs YOUR sparkle. โœจ In the form of poetry. โœ’๏ธ By January 15th. โณOnly 10 days left to submit poems to be con...
01/05/2024

Our winter needs YOUR sparkle. โœจ In the form of poetry. โœ’๏ธ By January 15th. โณ
Only 10 days left to submit poems to be considered for our 2024 Polartry Poetry Walk. After submissions close on January 15th, qualified poems (see guidelines below) will be anonymously reviewed and scored by a panel, with roughly 30 poems selected to SPARKLE under the beautiful lights in our City Park during Detroit Lakes Polar Fest in February.
๐•Š๐•Œ๐”น๐•„๐•€๐•Š๐•Š๐•€๐•†โ„•๐•Š ๐”ป๐”ผ๐”ธ๐”ป๐•ƒ๐•€โ„•๐”ผ ๐•๐”ธโ„• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ
โ€ข Email up to 3 original poems to ๐ƒ๐‹๐ฉ๐จ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค@๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ.๐œ๐จ๐ฆ
โ€ข NOTE: 18 lines of verse max & 40 characters per line max (counting spaces & punctuation!)
โ€ข Any form or topic (but selected poems will be displayed in a family-friendly park in northern MN in the middle of winter)

Did today's sunshine inspire you? โ˜€๏ธโœ’๏ธWrite a poem and send it in to be considered for our 2024 Polartry Poetry Walk! ๐•Š๐•Œ...
12/29/2023

Did today's sunshine inspire you? โ˜€๏ธโœ’๏ธ
Write a poem and send it in to be considered for our 2024 Polartry Poetry Walk!

๐•Š๐•Œ๐”น๐•„๐•€๐•Š๐•Š๐•€๐•†โ„•๐•Š ๐”ป๐”ผ๐”ธ๐”ป๐•ƒ๐•€โ„•๐”ผ ๐•๐”ธโ„• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ
โ€ข Email up to 3 original poems to ๐ƒ๐‹๐ฉ๐จ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค@๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ.๐œ๐จ๐ฆ
โ€ข NOTE: 18 lines of verse max (not counting title and line breaks) & 40 characters per line max (counting spaces & punctuation!)
โ€ข Any form or topic (but selected poems will be displayed in a family-friendly park in northern MN in the middle of winter)

12/26/2023

Why bother writing? There are so many reasons.

"๐”๐”ข๐”ฏ๐”ฏ๐”ถ โ„ญ๐”ฅ๐”ฏ๐”ฆ๐”ฐ๐”ฑ๐”ช๐”ž๐”ฐ ๐”ฑ๐”ฌ ๐”ž๐”ฉ๐”ฉ ๐”ž๐”ซ๐”ก ๐”ฑ๐”ฌ ๐”ž๐”ฉ๐”ฉ ๐”ž ๐”ค๐”ฌ๐”ฌ๐”ก ๐”ซ๐”ฆ๐”ค๐”ฅ๐”ฑ!"One of the most widely known poems in America would be 'Twas the Night ...
12/25/2023

"๐”๐”ข๐”ฏ๐”ฏ๐”ถ โ„ญ๐”ฅ๐”ฏ๐”ฆ๐”ฐ๐”ฑ๐”ช๐”ž๐”ฐ ๐”ฑ๐”ฌ ๐”ž๐”ฉ๐”ฉ ๐”ž๐”ซ๐”ก ๐”ฑ๐”ฌ ๐”ž๐”ฉ๐”ฉ ๐”ž ๐”ค๐”ฌ๐”ฌ๐”ก ๐”ซ๐”ฆ๐”ค๐”ฅ๐”ฑ!"
One of the most widely known poems in America would be 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by...Clement Moore? [Or maybe Henry Livingston Jr? Originally published anonymously on Dec. 23rd, 1823, Moore claimed authorship 15+ years later, but some evidence has been found to challenge that.] Either way, prior to this iconic poem, St. Nicholas was portrayed as a lanky, stern bishop who visited children to dispense not only gifts, but also discipline. He had no prior association with a sleigh or reindeer. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas recast him as a jolly elf who made Christmas a time for giving gifts to children. While the poem does say Santa was "dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot," it otherwise doesn't tell us about his appearance. It was the illustrations that accompanied the poem over the years that really influenced people's interpretation of Santa's looks.

We hope you enjoyed these fun facts that show the ๐—ฃ๐—ข๐—ช๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฃ๐—ข๐—˜๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—ฌ (๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง)

Reference: https://www.cmu.edu/cmnews/031217/031217_nitebefore.html

Take a deep breath. Push aside the hectic holiday hullabaloo and write a haiku. It's guaranteed to boost your JOLLY. Eve...
12/22/2023

Take a deep breath. Push aside the hectic holiday hullabaloo and write a haiku. It's guaranteed to boost your JOLLY. Even more so if you share it with us.

Email up to three original poems to us at [email protected] by January 15th to be considered for inclusion in our 2024 Polartry Poetry Walk. [Please check previous post for guidelines and size limits.]

12/20/2023

We promise to take good care of your words! ๐Ÿฅฐ

NOTE on guidelines: The bad newsโ€”the 40 character limit DOES count spaces and punctuation. The good newsโ€”the 18 line limit does NOT include title or line breaks.

Add to this list: submit poems to DLpoetrywalk@gmail.com ๐Ÿคฉ
12/18/2023

Add to this list: submit poems to [email protected] ๐Ÿคฉ

Thereโ€™s always so much to do at this time of year - but what can really help is to write a well-defined To Do List of what you might realistically achieve in your day.

Hereโ€™s my โ€˜Christmas To Do Listโ€™.

Officially ONE MONTH left to submit poems to be considered for our 2024 Polartry Poetry Walk. After submissions close on...
12/15/2023

Officially ONE MONTH left to submit poems to be considered for our 2024 Polartry Poetry Walk. After submissions close on January 15th, qualified poems (see guidelines below) will be anonymously reviewed and scored by a panel, with roughly 30 poems selected to be printed and displayed under the beautiful lights in our City Park during Detroit Lakes Polar Fest in February.

๐•Š๐•Œ๐”น๐•„๐•€๐•Š๐•Š๐•€๐•†โ„•๐•Š ๐”ป๐”ผ๐”ธ๐”ป๐•ƒ๐•€โ„•๐”ผ ๐•๐”ธโ„• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ
โ€ข Email up to 3 original poems to ๐ƒ๐‹๐ฉ๐จ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค@๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ.๐œ๐จ๐ฆ
โ€ข NOTE: 18 lines of verse max & 40 characters per line max (counting spaces & punctuation!)
โ€ข Any form or topic (but selected poems will be displayed in a family-friendly park in northern MN in the middle of winter)

PSA: Don't forget to water your Christmas tree! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŽ„
12/11/2023

PSA: Don't forget to water your Christmas tree! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŽ„

Todayโ€™s poem is called โ€˜Needlesโ€™.

12/01/2023

We are officially open for the business of accepting your poetry submissions to be considered for our THIRD Annual Polartry Poetry Walk! Selected poems will be displayed in our winter wonderland (aka City Park) during our community celebration of all things winter (aka Detroit Lakes Polar Fest) in February 2024!
Here are the important details:
๐•Š๐•Œ๐”น๐•„๐•€๐•Š๐•Š๐•€๐•†โ„•๐•Š ๐•†โ„™๐”ผโ„• ๐”ป๐”ผโ„‚ ๐Ÿ™ -> ๐•๐”ธโ„• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ
โ€ข Email up to 3 original poems to us at ๐ƒ๐‹๐ฉ๐จ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค@๐ ๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ.๐œ๐จ๐ฆ
โ€ข Any form or topic, but selected poems will be displayed in a family-friendly park in northern MN in the middle of winter
โ€ข NOTE: 18 lines of verse max & 40 characters per line max (counting spaces & punctuation!)

The DL Poetry Walk is a grassroots public art project that displays original poems in our cute town.

Before we officially launch our submissions tomorrow for our Third Annual Polartry Poetry Walk, we want to give a heartf...
11/30/2023

Before we officially launch our submissions tomorrow for our Third Annual Polartry Poetry Walk, we want to give a heartfelt ๐Ÿ’“ thanks to Project 412 for supporting our vision of creating a public art installation of original poetry OUTDOORS in FEBRUARY in NORTHERN MN! We are thrilled to be included in your efforts to (Do Cool Stuff) in Detroit Lakes โ€” even when the "C" of might be more Crazy than Cool (but still Cool, if not figuratively, definitely literally.) ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿฅถ๐Ÿฅฐ

๐•Š๐•Œ๐”น๐•„๐•€๐•Š๐•Š๐•€๐•†โ„•๐•Š ๐•†โ„™๐”ผโ„• ๐”ป๐”ผโ„‚ ๐Ÿ™ -> ๐•๐”ธโ„• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐Ÿ›๐•ฃ๐•• โ„™๐• ๐•๐•’๐•ฃ๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•ช โ„™๐• ๐•–๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•ช ๐•Ž๐•’๐•๐•œ!
Stay tuned for more details and SHARE with your friends!

It's time to get to work, poets! Our reality could use some cleaning up. ๐•Š๐•Œ๐”น๐•„๐•€๐•Š๐•Š๐•€๐•†โ„•๐•Š ๐•†โ„™๐”ผโ„• ๐”ป๐”ผโ„‚ ๐Ÿ™ -> ๐•๐”ธโ„• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐Ÿ›๐•ฃ๐•• โ„™๐• ...
11/27/2023

It's time to get to work, poets! Our reality could use some cleaning up.
๐•Š๐•Œ๐”น๐•„๐•€๐•Š๐•Š๐•€๐•†โ„•๐•Š ๐•†โ„™๐”ผโ„• ๐”ป๐”ผโ„‚ ๐Ÿ™ -> ๐•๐”ธโ„• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐Ÿ›๐•ฃ๐•• โ„™๐• ๐•๐•’๐•ฃ๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•ช โ„™๐• ๐•–๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•ช ๐•Ž๐•’๐•๐•œ!
โ€ข Email up to 3 original poems to us at [email protected]
โ€ข Any form or topic, but selected poems will be displayed in a family-friendly park in northern MN in the middle of winter
โ€ข NOTE: 18 lines of verse max & 40 characters per line max (counting spaces & punctuation!)

Whatever is on your menu for today, we hope it inspires you. โœ’๏ธ๐™’๐˜ผ๐™๐™‰๐™„๐™‰๐™‚: โš ๏ธ tryptophan-induced poetry (or was that wine-i...
11/23/2023

Whatever is on your menu for today, we hope it inspires you. โœ’๏ธ
๐™’๐˜ผ๐™๐™‰๐™„๐™‰๐™‚: โš ๏ธ tryptophan-induced poetry (or was that wine-induced?) can cause alliteration.

How the heck is it Thanksgiving week?๐Ÿฆƒ Denial aside, ๐•Š๐•Œ๐”น๐•„๐•€๐•Š๐•Š๐•€๐•†โ„•๐•Š ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐Ÿ›๐•ฃ๐•• โ„™๐• ๐•๐•’๐•ฃ๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•ช โ„™๐• ๐•–๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•ช ๐•Ž๐•’๐•๐•œ ๐•†โ„™๐”ผโ„• ๐”ป๐”ผโ„‚ ๐Ÿ™ -> ๐•๐”ธโ„• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ! ...
11/20/2023

How the heck is it Thanksgiving week?๐Ÿฆƒ Denial aside, ๐•Š๐•Œ๐”น๐•„๐•€๐•Š๐•Š๐•€๐•†โ„•๐•Š ๐•—๐• ๐•ฃ ๐• ๐•ฆ๐•ฃ ๐Ÿ›๐•ฃ๐•• โ„™๐• ๐•๐•’๐•ฃ๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•ช โ„™๐• ๐•–๐•ฅ๐•ฃ๐•ช ๐•Ž๐•’๐•๐•œ ๐•†โ„™๐”ผโ„• ๐”ป๐”ผโ„‚ ๐Ÿ™ -> ๐•๐”ธโ„• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ! Plenty of time to write/gather/edit/all-of-the-above. [๐—ฃ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—˜ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ง๐—˜ our guidelines: 3 poems max, 18 lines of verse max, and the tough one - 40 characters per line max, ๐’ธ๐‘œ๐“Š๐“ƒ๐“‰๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“ˆ๐“…๐’ถ๐’ธ๐‘’๐“ˆ ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐“…๐“Š๐“ƒ๐’ธ๐“‰๐“Š๐’ถ๐“‰๐’พ๐‘œ๐“ƒ!) Poems can be any form or topic - but it IS a family-friendly, northern MN winter setting. Just sayin'...

You've seen some of the cool stuff Project 412 has been doing to infuse Detroit Lakes with color, art, and positive vibe...
08/22/2023

You've seen some of the cool stuff Project 412 has been doing to infuse Detroit Lakes with color, art, and positive vibes, right? Well, add another to their long list of cool stuff. They have taken DL Poetry Walk under their umbrella to help us with the funding needed to produce and display our poetry panels. They are truly living their mission: To connect and elevate the cultural and economic vibrancy of the lakes area. (aka Do Cool Stuff!) Thank you for the helping hand, ! ๐Ÿฅฐโ˜‚๏ธ

We are in the midst of some of the best - and yummiest - days of summer right now! Not to alarm anyone, but there is a m...
08/16/2023

We are in the midst of some of the best - and yummiest - days of summer right now! Not to alarm anyone, but there is a month or so left to enjoy our Flowerpot Poetry Walk. We can hope that Mother Nature is generous and gives us a little extra time before a freeze๐Ÿคž, but there are no guarantees in our neck of the lakes. Our best advice: make a point to perambulate and peruse our poems prior to the perishing of the petunias. ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŒž

I guess we missed out on World Chocolate Day on July 7th. But you can 'scoff down' 31 poems in a pleasant walk in Detroi...
07/27/2023

I guess we missed out on World Chocolate Day on July 7th. But you can 'scoff down' 31 poems in a pleasant walk in Detroit Lakes on our 2023 Flowerpot Poetry Walk any time you want. Or you can savour them one-by-one as they pop up along your path. The poems are displayed in some of the giant flowerpots along Washington Ave, Veteran's Pkwy, and McKinley Plaza. [online map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1sz5PPYzEutqmdyT5wkdHl6PNod-GPEo&usp=sharing]

We are giddy with all the art and color being created in Detroit Lakes with the Create DL Project through Project 412! W...
07/25/2023

We are giddy with all the art and color being created in Detroit Lakes with the Create DL Project through Project 412! With all the murals, utility boxes, and art surprises they have in the works (and it is a LOT of work behind the scenes before the actual art can be seen) we are very inspired -- because art inspires more art!

FUN FACT: You can get ice cream at the mid-point AND at the end of our 2023 Flowerpot Poetry Walk! [Was that by design o...
07/14/2023

FUN FACT: You can get ice cream at the mid-point AND at the end of our 2023 Flowerpot Poetry Walk! [Was that by design or by chance?] ๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ˜‹
Get some hand-scooped goodness at Hub 41 - just a hop-skip from our southernmost poem ( #15 'Forest' by Dayton Talbert near the Pavilion) and then replenish with some soft-serve sweetness at Dairy Queen of Detroit Lakes near the final poem ( #31 'Comfortable' by Kenneth Walker)

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