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Giant Fridge Poetry at St. Michael's College 

OK, so maybe it's not fridge poetry. It's actually, er, concrete poetry. Or meditative stone garden poetry.

Last Monday, July 12, St. Mike's installed its Word Garden. It's a circle 60 feet in diameter bordered by boulders and shrubs and filled with tiny pebbles. And 350 words carved on shards of stone by artist Chris Cleary of Jericho's On the Rocks Stone-Carving Studio.

The garden will also have "two stone chess/checker boards, with colored stones for checkers and chess sets stored nearby" and an outdoor chalkboard that instructors can use for their classes, according to a college press release.

But the word-stones are the star attraction. You can arrange them any way you want -- and education prof Valerie Bang-Jensen, one of the forces behind the garden, says she trusts students not to make off with them.

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Margot Harrison is the Associate Editor at Seven Days; she coordinates literary and film coverage. In 2005, she won the John D. Donoghue award for arts criticism from the Vermont Press Association.


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