INSPIRED TO INSPIRE: Judy Bandidt and Deanne Lister are members of the Pente poets, who plan to introduce poetry trails on the Sunshine Coast.
INSPIRED TO INSPIRE: Judy Bandidt and Deanne Lister are members of the Pente poets, who plan to introduce poetry trails on the Sunshine Coast. John Mccutcheon

Poets look to embed 'poetry trail' in Coast's landscape

THE beauty of nature has become the ultimate muse for a Sunshine Coast poetry group that hopes to embed a "poetry trail" into the Coast's landscapes.

The Pente Poets, a group of six Sunshine Coast residents with a shared passion for poetry, have already published two anthologies of poems during the eight years they have been meeting.

More recently they have received a Regional Arts Development Fund grant, which will allow them to develop the concept of installing poetry pathways at locations around the Coast.

Project co-ordinator Judith Bandidt, from Palmwoods, said inspiration struck during a trip to New Zealand, where she saw a series of haiku poems carved into stone around the Bay of Plenty.

"I came back to the poets and said we need this on the Sunshine Coast," Mrs Bandidt said.

"A poetry trail is made up of poetry pathways established at a range of sites and is designed to enhance the special characteristics of the local environment, featuring poems written specifically for each setting."

One of the group's tasks is to determine the best way to present their poems, which will inspired by the landscapes in which they are placed.

"Poems could be engraved on rocks, burnt into driftwood, embossed on plaques, etched on tiles, painted on sails or spoken using proximity-activated technologies," Mrs Bandidt said.

"Who knows, in the future you may find a poetry pathway somewhere in the rarefied air of the range, in the hinterland forest and villages, along the urban strip or on our iconic coastline?"

Embedding poetry into the landscape could help make it more mainstream, Mrs Bandidt hoped.

"I think it (poetry) is a lost art," she said. "There is a perception that it's not for everybody."

Mrs Bandidt said the project had been received with enthusiasm by the Sunshine Coast Council and Sunshine Coast Environment Council, and nature and poetry naturally went hand in hand.

"I think it's because it comes from the heart," she said.

"They (nature and poetry) are part of the world we live in, to be nurtured and valued."

The Pente Poets will spend the next five months researching the project before presenting their findings in a report in December, when they will also have completed a booklet of poems inspired by the Sunshine Coast.


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