As we begin our fourth year of Plein Air Poetry at Old Frog Pond Farm we invite poets to write on the theme of SPLASH. The famous Japanese haiku written by the poet Basho inspired the farm's name:

                 old pond

                         frog jumps in


We encourage poets to explore beyond the physical 'splash' and discover the full range of expression.

In 2013, Poetry Editor Susan Edwards Richmond invited poets to walk the rich landscape of pond, waterfall, stream, fields, and forests at Old Frog Pond Farm and write poetry inspired by a particular place.  For the past three years poets have responded to each new theme and we have published chapbooks of their poetry. 

As always, the poet begins writing the poem on the property, and the poem must be in some sense "site-specific." Once again we are planning to host a Poetry Walk for the public, when the poets will read their poems at the sites of inspiration. The date for the walk is the afternoon of Sunday, September 11, 2016.

We invite poets to submit one or two site-specific poems drawing on something specific observed, felt, or experienced at the farm in response to the theme. We also ask poets to include one or two sentences describing the location and source of inspiration. Susan Richmond will make a selection of the poems to be included in the 2016 Plein Air Poetry chapbook. 

If you are interested in participating or have any questions please email Susan at 

This year's program is supported in part by grants from the Acton-Boxborough, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, and Westford Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.