Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tuolumne Meadows Poetry Festival at Parsons Memorial Lodge in Yosemite National Park

Back from my 3-week road trip to the Eastern Sierra, including a stop in Death Valley and two final nights camping just outside Yosemite National Park, I've now framed and hung a lovely letterpress broadside of a poem purchased at the art boutique/visitor center in Lee Vining near Mono Lake.

The poem, Azure Creek, by 8th-century Chinese poet Wang Wei and translated by PEN Award–winner David Hinton, beautifully describes the almost-perennial state of tranquility my wife and I experienced as we practiced idleness of the mind, especially in places where granite rock meets clear water, such as this prime campsite at Rock Creek.

It wasn't easy to select the poem among a collection of broadsides from the annual Tuolumne Meadows Poetry Festival at Parsons Memorial Lodge, which takes place each August. See the postcard for details!

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