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Jul. 25, 2012 at 9:49pm

Downtown on the Go -- Poetry Walk

Tacoma has chalk, Squawk, rock, a controversial Glock, Wright Pawk (if you're from Bawston), a non-functioning clock, party for the Downtown Block, dames of the dock...and next month, I'm very excited to learn the city will have a Poetry Walk.

Wednesday, August 1, 5:15 pm -- 1.5 miles from Woolworth Bld. to Hilltop

With stops along the way to write about the surroundings. Does this sound interesting to anyone? Are any of you urban advocates and writers?


From the Downtown on the Go website:

Writers know when it’s time to take a walk.  John Keats wrote most of his poetry to the rhythm of walking.  He would walk for miles around the lush greens of Hampstead Heath, composing and memorizing lines to his greatest odes in rhythmic verse.  Nature was both muse and subject for him. 

We can cultivate this same attention simply by going outside, aligning the rhythm of our breath with the rhythm of our steps; it is within this balance that our senses can relax and receive. 

On the evening of August 1, join Downtown On the Go and Janie Miller, poet, essayist, and University of Washington Tacoma faculty member, and walk the historical 1.5 miles from the Woolworth building to Hilltop,  while being guided through a poetry lesson stopping at various locations to write about the surroundings. 

This free event, open to the public, will start and end at the Woolworth Building on S. 11th & Broadway.  No pre-registration necessary, just join us at the Woolworth Building at 5:15pm on August 1.    

Walk Poetic is part of Downtown On the Go’s Walk Tacoma series, a six walk series held throughout downtown Tacoma to encourage downtown employees, residents, and visitors to get out, get active and learn the many walking routes downtown.  Each walk includes an educational walk (history or poetry) and a power walk.  Our popular Walk Poetic event will also include a power walk led by Liz and Matt from Expand Yoga, for individuals looking for a great outdoor workout.  Whether you are looking to walk for fitness or for the learning experience, join Downtown On the Go for this great event on August 1.

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