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Sign: Berkeley - Berkeley Poetry Walk - "The Plum Blossom Poem" a song by Gary Snyder

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2026 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA
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THE PLUM BLOSSOM POEM

Angel island.
The sailboat slipping barely west,
Floating over coiling
tongues of filling mud.
East face of the Sierra still is
tilting;
Two plums below Buchanan street
on Vallejo
Blow blossom petals
eastward down the walk.
We hold and caress each other
Where a world is yet unborn;
Long slow swells in the Pacific-
the land drifts north.

-Gary Snyder
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Berklee’s poetry Walk was laid in October 2003 along Edison Street between Shattuck and Milvia Streets. The route includes 128 metal plates with excerpts from songs, each of which is related in one way or another to the city of Berkeley.

The plaque features a poem by the American poet Gary Snyder (1930), one of the most prominent figures of the Beat generation who operated in San Francisco and was characterized by writing in an associative and free manner




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