Brown Bag Lunch: Thought Catching, with David Mark Jenkins


Come meet biologist and poet David Mark Jenkins during a Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 12:30pm in our Used Book Annex. We'll provide snacks and soft drinks -- bring your own sandwich! 

Jenkins will talk about his new collection of poetry, Thought Catching: A Journey Through the San Juan Island Sculpture Park.

The San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, a five-minute walk from Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island, is a beautiful blend of art and nature, and annually welcomes 40,000 visitors from around the globe. Placed within and leading to the Park are 56 poem, all by Jenkins, that garner comments such as "The wonderful poetry was the best. -- Lynnwood, WA," "Thought provoking and hauntingly beautiful. -- Ontrario, Canada," "Incredibly well said. -- Glasgow, Scotland," and "Yes!! D. M. Jenkins rocks! -- Twin Falls, ID."

 It may be the only sculpture park with a collection of poetry by a single author.  How did they get there?  Who is D. M. Jenkins?

Jenkins retired from the Smithsonian Institution as Associate Director of the National Zoo, has had a lifetime interest in biology, is the father of two sons, has eight living grandchildren, and is a resident of San Juan Island where he volunteers in the Park. The poems, among the 12,000 he has written over several decades, are epigrammatic. Brief, well turned, pointed and witty, they reflect David's interests in nature, science, and children.


David Mark Jenkins was born in San Francisco, California, just after Pearl Harbor, and grew up amid ponds, museums, and tea gardens. At the age of six, his grandfather brought home an escaped Pacific Pond Turtle from Golden Gate Park. He was hooked. He knew from then on that he wanted to be a biologist and went on to receive a Masters in Zoology from the University of Louisville and pursued that career all the way to the Smithsonian Institution, where he retired as Associate Director of the National Zoo. 

 He has been capturing his thoughts for the past 50 years and has produced poems on an array of topics, especially science, history, nature, children, and science.  Fifty of his poems have been published in 19 newspapers and magazines, including The Austin Chronicle, Pegasus, and California Quarterly.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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