The Northport Village Poetry Path was born as a dream. A dream to bring poetry off the pages of books and out of the confines of reading rooms. A dream to bring poetry into the open air for the entire Village to enjoy.

And it was clear this dream was shared.

When Northport Arts Coalition put out the call, the Long Island poetry community responded whole-heartedly with fifty-six submissions. Twelve were chosen to be displayed for the path’s inaugural year and three were named honorable mentions to be included in this book. The art that accompanies them was created especially for each poem by Long Island artists.

Wherever you are when you read these poems, let your imagination take you to the beautiful harborside park where they’re displayed. Let yourself savor them as you stroll slowly from one to the next to the next, shaded by centuries old trees and serenaded by seabirds. Let them take you to new places and fill you with new thoughts.