Poetry is alive and well on the streets of St. Paul.
The Sidewalk Poetry Project, now in its third year, invites community members to submit their poetry. Those poems selected by a judging panel are then stamped into new sidewalks around the city.
This year more than 800 poems were submitted. St. Paul City Artist in Residence Marcus Young said they included "poems about the weather, baseball, memories, love of Saint Paul, squirrels and dogs, family, everything under the sun it seems, intrigued, stirred, amused, and charmed us."
This year's winning poems were penned by: Dallas Crow, Rachel Kowarski, Pat Owen, Jeri Reilly, and Kevin Walker. Honorable mentions include: Jefforee Davis, Sharon DeMark, Collin Dobie and William Reichard.
Here are a couple of the winning poems:
A dog on a walk
is like a person in love −
You can't tell them
it's the same old world.
by Pat Owen
where a moth
can shake the sky.
by Kevin Walker
To date 26 different poems have been embedded in 260 different locations.
Dear Friends of Poetry,
What a brilliant idea! Thanks for letting me know. Reminds me of my work with a woman from the National Endowment of the Arts, whom I assisted getting "Poetry on the Buses" in San Francisco, in the '70's. I remember introducing Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet, Philip Levine, to read at the "back of a bus" for the occasion, and the then Mayor of San Francisco, Diane Feinstein, there as well, applauding our efforts. I have a photo of the occasion that I treasure. So the beat goes on!
Just completed my 7th volume of poetry -
"PAX VOBISCUM:Anti-War Poetry Collection"
by Patricia D'Alessandro (Pacific Press/Sacramento 2010) which will be
launched at Underground Books in Sacramento, on Saturday, May 22, and the shop is owned by the Mayor's mother.
I'm excited, since a portion of the proceeds will be sent to Doctors Without Borders to assist the people of Haiti and Chile.
May PEACE and LOVE find us in our time.
Host:"Valley Voices of the Muse" for
Palm Desert/Westfield Center