and meanwhile in L.A.

September 30, 2020

Whatever you may think of the 5-7-5 rule of haiku, it’s nonetheless gratifying to see that poetry is getting marquee treatment at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. Read the story in Variety, including the list of featured poets through the end of 2020, and, while you’re at it, read Michael Dylan Welch’s essay on the urban myth of 5-7-5.

(Here’s a postscript courtesy of Michael Dylan Welch: a similar project was done some years ago in New York City and a book of postcards with photos of the marquees was published in 2008, Haiku on 42nd St.: A Celebration of Urban Poetry and Art.)

If your travel plans between March 28 and July 30, 2017, include Southern California, you may want to visit the Getty Center to see Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space. The exhibit focuses on the visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, displaying material drawn principally from the Getty Research Institute’s collection.

Admission to the Getty Center and the exhibit, in Research Institute Gallery I, is free and no tickets are required. (Parking is $15.)

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image: Open (Abre), Augusto de Campos (b. 1931) and Julio Plaza (1938–2003), 1969.

and another poetry walk…

December 6, 2012

Corporate Head - Allen and LevineThis one has been around for quite a while and continues to be worth visiting. Poet’s Walk in Los Angeles is a collection of collaborative works in a small park above the Seventh Market Place, and around Citicorp Plaza. Eight artists each paired with a poet to create one or more sculptures. Phase I was dedicated in early 1991, Phase II in 1995.

Perhaps the best-known of the collection is the bronze “Corporate Head” (left) by Terry Allen (artist) and Philip Levine (poet) at 725 South Figueroa Street. See links to sculptures, poems and information about the pieces and project.

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