Inspired by the role of walking in William Wordsworth’s long autobiographical poem, The Prelude, poet/scholar/book artist MC Hyland created A Walking Poets’ Library to ask: how can poems be more like conversations? A temporary civic institution housed in Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park installation in Madison Square Park, AWPL’s goal is the creation of a public space that supports the emotional and intellectual complexity of small-scale publishing and conversation. Starting from Wordsworth’s frequent images of two friends walking and talking, AWPL aims to fill a small outdoor library with handmade books generated by visitors to Madison Square Park between July 4 and July 8, 2017. In the process, the library will host writing and bookmaking workshops and salon-style conversations led by academics, artists, and activists.
A Walking Poets’ Library is supported by Poets House.