poetry in the wild

January 15, 2019

On-Site Poetry is an art project by writer/performer Nick J. Swarth and typographic designer Sander Neijnens. Since 2006, the two have collaborated on more than 30 site-specific poetry installations around the Netherlands. Some are permanent, others are temporary, like the 90-meter poem shown above, created for an art festival with 2747 orange peels from the juice press at a local supermarket. (As the artists explain, “Decay is part of this work.”)

Unfortunately, neither the poem, ‘Zachte dromer’, nor its translation, ‘Soft dreamer’, are available online, but you can find a lot more on the On-Site Poetry website, on Facebook, and @onsitepoetry.

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on poetry

January 14, 2019


“I still have no way to survive but to keep writing one line, one more line, one more line…”
Yukio Mishima
(January 14, 1925 – November 25, 1970)

Poetry for Queens

January 6, 2019

There’s nothing static about Queensbound. Here’s a description from KC Trommer’s site:

QUEENSBOUND is a collaborative audio project curated by KC Trommer and supported by a New Work grant from the Queens Council on the Arts. From Long Island City all the way to Jamaica, the poems of QUEENSBOUND map the neighborhoods and the vibrancy and diversity of the borough, embedding audio recordings from leading Queens poets and writers on a subway map, designed by Kyle Richard. Technical support for QUEENSBOUND was provided by Maham Faisal Khan.

On November 3, 2018, the QUEENSBOUND project launched with a reading on the 7 line and reception at the Queens Museum. Some of the leading writers and poets of Queens, including Rosebud Ben-Oni, Malcolm Chang, Catherine Fletcher, Sherese Francis, Jared Harél, Nicole Haroutunian, Abeer Hoque, Safia Jama, Paolo Javier, Joseph O. Legaspi, Ananda Lima, Maria Lisella, Vikas K. Menon, Belal Mobarak, Meera Nair, Maria Terrone, and curator and host KC Trommer, read original work on the 7 train, beginning at Vernon Blvd Jackson Av stop, before stepping off at Mets-Willets Point and heading over to The Queens Museum for a reception. The event concluded with a song which included lines from every poem in the launch from Adam DeGraff and Tyler Burba, hosts of the reading series Kith & Kin.

Read the story in Literary Hub and listen to the poems by clicking on the Queensbound map.

and yes, round five…

December 31, 2018

Just when you think everyone has weighed in on the best books of 2018…

Happy New Year!

on poetry

December 30, 2018


“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Rudyard Kipling
(December 30, 1865 – January 18, 1936)

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round four…

December 24, 2018

The year’s favorites just keep stacking up:

on poetry

December 19, 2018


“We are the ink that gives the white page a meaning.”
Jean Genet
(December 19, 1910 – April 15, 1986)

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photo by Brassaï
quote from Prisoner of Love

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