Sonnet to Mie’s Trail


In 14 forays, or lines, of thought, Hazel’s presentation will explore landscape and human movement, with reference to Mie’s Trail. Integral to the work are the vocabularies of landscape architecture—threshold, prospect and shelter, the syntax of adventure—and the aesthetics of experience—greeting, immersion, duration. Hazel will tell how, while staying at I-Park as a resident, she became convivial with the margins of the woods, the knoll, the gravel pit, and the other elements of the trail. The lines of the spoken work will follow a journey in the landscape where the reciprocities between the world and Mie’s Trail can be seen and felt, and to walk is to know what’s near. (Hazel White)

Hazel White


Hazel White grew up on farms in the southwest of England. After finishing undergraduate degrees in philosophy and literature at Warwick University, she studied crop agriculture at Bridgwater College Center for Land Based Studies, and then, through University of California, Berkeley, Extension, landscape architecture. She’s the author of eleven gardening books, published by Sunset Books and Chronicle Books. Her first book of poems, Peril as Architectural Enrichment, was published by Kelsey Street Press in 2011 and was a finalist in the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Best Poetry Book of the Year Award. She’s currently an affiliate artist at The Headlands Center for the Arts, in northern California.

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