Poetry Boxes

by | Dec 8, 2021

Pause for Poetry.

Take a moment. ​Leave inspired.

​Your next walk in a park could include a dose of poetry.

Dakota West Arts Council (DWAC) and Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) have joined forces to create, install and fill Poetry Boxes throughout Bismarck’s parks.

The goal of the Poetry Boxes is to showcase local poetry – or the sharing of a favorite poem – for all to enjoy while strolling, walking or riding through a park.

The concept of the Poetry Box is fairly simple, and a sign on each box directs the reader to “Take A Moment. Leave Inspired.” Interested folks can share their own poetry or a favorite poem by writing or typing it on an 8 ½ by 11” piece of paper, lifting the Poetry Box lid, and inserting the poem. If there is already a poem in the box, please remove it before inserting a new one.

Submissions will be periodically checked, and those deemed inappropriate will be removed. There are no deadlines or suggested length of time that a poem will be in a Poetry Box. The Poetry
Boxes are self-contained and monitored by anyone who passes by. Join the experience.

Poetry boxes were expertly crafted by local Renaissance man and BSC Professor: Jason Lueder.

Where exactly are the Poetry Boxes?

Find them in:

  • Peace Park
  • Pioneer Park
  • General Sibley Park & Campground
  • Sertoma Park
  • Sleepy Hollow Park
  • Wachter Park
  • Optimist Family Park