Friday, March 13, 2009

Into The Wild

Say what you will about National Poetry Month, you gotta love this year's wonderfully spooky poster.

It has inspired the Academy of American Poets to sponsor the Free Verse Project, challenging people to put poems in the wild...or in the suburbs...or on the sides of buildings. Finally! You can view or add entries on Flikr. Here are some of my favorites:

"I wake to sleep" from "The Waking" Theodore Roethke

"I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees," Unknown author

"Oh if you're a bird be an early bird/And catch the worm for your breakfast plate./If you're a bird be an early bird--/But if you're a worm, sleep late." by the incomparable Shel Silverstein.

Teachers, schools, and academics can receive a free copy of the poster.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Brilliant. And speaking from the 'burbs---this place can definitely stand to gain from a good dousing in poetry.

I've seen knit-graffiti with similiar intent behind it, but a lamp post encased in a knitted tube always seemed to me an extravagant use of fiber. :)