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Dreamwords: A new poetry installation at Tippet Rise

July 16, 2021

What a thrill it is to collaborate with our sister organization, the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation, to offer a new experience at Tippet Rise: a poetry installation within Daydreams, the willow-shrouded clapboard schoolhouse nestled in the green, leafy shadows of a cottonwood grove at the edge of our main campus.

The installation features audio recordings of great poetry read and performed by extraordinary poets and actors. From Emily Dickinson’s beloved “'Hope’ is the thing with feathers,” read by the English stage and screen actor Juliet Stevenson, to Doireann Ní Ghríofa’s “Brightening,” the poems—eleven luminous works in all—were selected for this project because they illuminate the beauty of the human heart and the natural world.

For additional insights on the Daydreams audio installation, including a list of poems included in the project, read the Foundation’s story about it here. To learn about Daydreams itself, created by the sculptor Patrick Dougherty, please click here.

“Poetry is language caught alive,” reads the Foundation’s website. In Daydreams this summer, we hope visitors will feel the “music and magic of language” come to life.

Photo of Patrick Dougherty’s Daydreams by Erik Petersen.