Sunday, April 30 at 10:00am to 7:00pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden 239 N.W. Everett St., Portland, OR 97209
This April, learn about the poetry in Lan Su Chinese Garden as well as the historical and aesthetic traditions of poetry in Suzhou-style Chinese gardens with workshops, tours and multiple poetry series. According to Chinese tradition, a garden landscape without poetry is not complete. Luckily, Lan Su is graced with a wealth of poetic inscriptions! Classical Chinese gardens – including Lan Su – are filled with poetic inscriptions as text, calligraphic ensembles, engravings and plaques. Poetry is one of the five elements, along with rocks, architecture, water and plants, necessary for a comprehensive Chinese garden. Poetry is often presented in the form of the calligraphic inscriptions painted on horizontal and vertical plaques or carved into stone.
April Poetry Month Events:
• Poetry Workshops (Wednesdays – 3 p.m.)
Join regional poets as they guide garden visitors through a creative writing workshop. Each week brings a new topic and poet.
• Peach Blossom Poetry Series (Saturdays – 3 p.m.)
Inspired by the culture of literature in Chinese gardens, five prolific poets will share their work with garden visitors.
• Couplet Poetry Arch (Wednesdays & Saturdays – 2 p.m.)
As part of Poetry Month, Lan Su invites visitors, members and the public to create and submit their own couplet poems.
For more information about Poetry Month, visit www.lansugarden.org/poetrymonth. For a full list of all Poetry Month events, visit www.lansugarden.org/eventcalendar.