Known by Heart Poetry Poster: “Reinventing the Wheel” by Dick Wenkel

Today’s poster is “Reinventing the Wheel” by Dick Wenkel:


Reinventing the Wheel (Click on link to download)


I love how this poem  starts in a moment of observation—a young woman’s arthritic-looking hands— and imagines its way into the future.

Dick was a faithful participant at Known by Heart writing workshops hosted by St. Antony Park Area Seniors…a lot of his writing shows his connection to the past and to the land, writing about his garden, working on a farm. But don’t think he is not a student of technology…ask him about the tools and technology of the farm, particularly the tractor.

I love how this poem stops me in my tracks, makes me pause, notice, look up…

Congratulations Dick and big thanks for this poem and for all the ways you’ve brought life to the Known by Heart project…


Over the coming weeks, Known by Heart will be making the rest of the 2017 posters available for free download from this website.


Thanks to Dick and to Meleah Maynard and Mike Hoium of Slow Dog Studios for all the heart and talent they brought to this.  Thanks also to all Known by Heart’s funders, partners, volunteers and most of all the workshop participants for what you brought to this work.

And while we’re talking thanks —-Big thanks  to the fabulous folks at Broadsided for the idea of freely downloadable poetry broadsides.

Stay tuned for the other posters…

Known by Heart Poetry Posters, 2017 Credits:

Design: Slow Dog Studios.
Text: © Dick Wenkel
Made possible by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation, Trillium Family Foundation and Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.
Distribute freely, but please give credit. 


John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation

Trillium Family Foundation


Creative Enterprise Zone

Episcopal Homes

Hamline Midway Elders

FilmNorth formerly Independent Filmmaker Project of Minnesota

Keystone Community Services Senior Services Program

St. Anthony Park Area Seniors

St. Paul Public Library

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