When it rains in Boston, the sidewalks reveal poetry
When it rains in Boston, the sidewalks reveal poetry Artists install a poem on a Boston sidewalk. (Mass Poetry)
When it rains in Boston, the sidewalks reveal poetry
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If you're walking through Boston during a downpour, make sure to keep your eyes on the pavement. You might just see a poem appear before your eyes. For nearly a year, Bostonians wandering the city streets in the rain may have come across poems. They are written on the sidewalk.
Titled "Raining Poetry," this art installation was a collaboration. It was between the nonprofit Mass Poetry and the city of Boston. The first poems were installed to commemorate the start of National Poetry Month. Several more were added since then. Created using stencils and a water-repellant spray, the poems are invisible during dry, sunny weather. But they appear like magic once raindrops start falling from the sky. That is according to Aria Bendix, who writes for CityLab.
"We want to bring poetry to the people," said Sara Siegel. She is program director for the nonprofit Mass Poetry, tells Bendix.
The poems were selected by Danielle Legros Georges. She is Boston's poet laureate. They include written works by artists like Langston Hughes, Gary Duehr, Barbara Helfgott Hyett and Elizabeth McKim. Scattered throughout the city, Georges selected the poems based on their relationship to Boston. Another factor was their general themes of water and rain. This is according to reporter Cristela Guerra. She works for the Boston Globe.
"I wanted to draw work from poets influential in the Boston-area literary, educational or cultural realms," Georges said in a statement.
The poems were installed by members of the Mayor's Mural Crew. It is an organization that introduces young artists to the process of creating public art. The Mural Crew uses a biodegradable spray and simple cardboard stencils. The poems can be fixed to the sidewalk in minutes. It should wear away in six to eight weeks. However, the city of Boston and Mass Poetry plan on carpeting city sidewalks with more poems.
"It's a public art project, as the poems are and will be installed in public sites in Boston, and meant for everyone," Georges said. "I think this is a wonderful way to bring poetry to the people."
The poems appear throughout the city. They are in neighborhoods from Hyde Park to Roslindale. While all of the poems currently installed are written in English, Siegel hopes to add new ones in the many languages that are spoken throughout Boston, like Portuguese, Haitian Creole and Spanish, Guerra reports.
"Our hope is in the next two years everyone in the state will encounter a poem in their daily lives at least once or twice a month," Siegel tells Guerra. "This a fun and unusual way to do that."
So if you're out and about in Beantown the next time it rains, keep an eye to the ground. You might just spot a poem glistening under the raindrops.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/when-it-rains-boston-sidewalks-reveal-poetry/

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Why do the artists only want their poems to appear when it is raining?
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  • brandons33446-
    4/04/2017 - 08:36 a.m.

    they only want it to appear when it is raining because it could put the people in a gloomy mood and some poetry could help boost moral during the gloomy weather.

  • mariano-
    4/04/2017 - 08:38 a.m.

    The artist want their poems to appear only the rain because it's something new. It's more fun going outside during the rain and seeing poems appear, then just searching them up online. It's a creative way to show their poems to the world. This may also encourage people to go outside during the rain and see poems.

  • Camiew
    4/04/2017 - 02:29 p.m.

    Artists might choose for it to be in the rain so it be more unique, and not something you see everyday. Another reason is that it gives the poems a more artistic feel, and, as stated in "When it rains in Boston, the Sidewalks reveal Poetry," most of the poems are involved with rain, or water.

  • Brycep1202001
    4/04/2017 - 02:33 p.m.

    I believe that they do this because rain in general is a sad and emotional time for most people. The poems might appear in the rain for hope that the people standing in the rain might feel hope that conflicts or even problems in there life will get better. This is why I believe the artists only want their poems to appear when it is raining.

  • Jadenf2017
    4/04/2017 - 02:35 p.m.

    if it is their all the time most people won't look at it but if it only comes out when it rains most people will look at it and read it because it is somthing diffrent.

  • Haleyl2380
    4/04/2017 - 02:37 p.m.

    The artists want their peoms to only show up when it rains because they wanted it to be more magcial and exciting to see, or even to read to other people.

  • Mistye1
    4/04/2017 - 02:39 p.m.

    I think the reason why they want everybody to see it only when it rains is because it is kinda of a cool kind of way to express the poems so that people just look at the ground and see a them. I think it is also cool that these people took the time to do this.

  • Brooklynj
    4/04/2017 - 03:01 p.m.

    I believe putting poetry on sidewalks is a great way to spread poetry in a big city like Boston. It's not every day that you come across something written on the sidewalks while walking in the rain. Reading poems is interesting to me and I would find it very amusing to see something so creative.

  • Javontayj
    4/04/2017 - 03:02 p.m.

    i really love the fact that the people get to express their love and art to the people on the streets. its a good way to make people enspired or have good thoughts.it also wonderful to use something so common to for something wonderfull.It would be joyous to go there oneday and look at the wonderous works of people on the sidewalks. :) :) :>

  • Drikb
    4/04/2017 - 03:08 p.m.

    I think they did it so people can get out the house. So they can adventure outside and hunt for poems.

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