Visible Only After the Rain, Poems on the Streets in Boston
“Raining Poetry” looks for a break in the rain, inviting pedestrians to enjoy verse in the sidewalks.
When the rain starts falling, people take to their umbrellas or their raincoats and they quicken their pace to take shelter from the impending downpour. A project in the city of Boston, though, may give passersby an unexpected reason to slow down: sidewalk poems hidden until the pavement gets wet.
“Raining Poetry” is a collaborative project of the city council and the Mass Poetry collective, and supported by the Mayor’s Mural Crew, a group which specializes in urban art applications.
The poems are stenciled and aerosol sprayed onto dry pavement, and remain invisible to passersby. But when they get wet, the contrast displays the verse of contemporary and classic poets.
If you go out for a coffee on Dudley Square, you could run into a few verses of the great Langston Hughes. The project aims over the next few years to confront “everyone in the state with a poem during their day-to-day lives at least once or twice a month,” according to Sara Siegel, director of Mass Poetry.
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