One woman’s pandemic hobby has gone on to fuel a quiet movement in San Francisco and shown just how important poetry is.
Lots of us took up a new hobby during the pandemic, but most of these didn’t go farther than our own front doors.
But one woman’s pandemic hobby has gone on to fuel a quiet movement in San Francisco and shown just how important poetry is.
Amanda Barrows is a San Francisco park ranger by day and a poet by night. When she signed up for a poetry class, her final assignment was to “bring poetry into the community,” reported The Washington Post.
The assignment inspired her to bring poetry to the city parks where she works. A colleague offered her an old nightstand, and the idea took off.
She made a sign that reads, “Take a poem, leave a poem”; filled the drawer at the top with paper and pens; and added a box at the bottom for poems. Then she asked friends to help fill the drawer with their favorite poems for people to take.