poetry is everywhere

November 21, 2021

Chicago is home to the Poetry Foundation and the American Writers Museum, so perhaps it should not be surprising to find poets and poetry seeping into every aspect of life in the Windy City. Indeed, at 201 West Madison, downtown, in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, you can self-park in The Poetry Garage.

There, instead of struggling to remember whether your car is parked on 4 or 5, you have Emily Dickinson or W.H. Auden to remind you. Plus, while you’re waiting for the elevator, there’s a poem to read, courtesy of the floor’s official poet.

Built in 1988, with a facade designed by Lucien Lagrange, the self-park structure was rebranded as The Poetry Garage in 2011.

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Thanks to Rick Lupert and The Poetry Superhighway for the heads up!

sci-po, monthly

December 26, 2020

If you are interested in science, and particularly in the place where science meets poetry, have a look at the monthly column “Meter” in Scientific American. Launched in January 2020 and edited by Dava Sobel, the featured works “reach across the artificial divide between science and art to capture the poetic imagination.” Sobel’s recent article “Nature in Verse: What Poetry Reveals about Science” describes the column and makes reference to the W. H. Auden poem “A New Year Greeting,” which seems particularly timely.

amidst it all, remembering

September 11, 2020

remembering: other Septembers

September 1, 1939 ~ September 11, 2001
poem W.H. Auden ~ collage j.i. kleinberg


on poetry

February 21, 2019

“…poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.”
W.H. Auden
(February 21, 1907 – September 29, 1973)

. . . . .
quote from “New Year Letter”

other Septembers…

September 11, 2011

remembering: other SeptembersSeptember 1, 1939 ~ September 11, 2001
poem W.H. Auden ~ collage j.i. kleinberg
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