Take-it-to-the-street-poetry project

I was inspired to read about Lynne Hayes. Her cool idea? A “Take-it-to-the-street-poetry project”. The project prints and distributes booklets of poetry worldwide, without cost, in public places. The theme of her project is “people getting words to people that don’t get words.”

The first round was a huge success with over 700 views on YUDU and over 150 participants who sent their words and art. Submissions came from a diverse group ranging from a young boy age 9, to noted contemporary writers such as John Burroughs, Anatoly Molotkov, Jason Hardung, Puma Perl as well as several writers from One Stop Poetry: Luke Prater, Annie Perconti, Weston Fosdeck and others. Seven poetry volumes were delivered to sites all over the world. People took the words to hospitals, libraries, coffee shops, placed them on cars, in bars, restaurants, on bus benches, motorcycles, and handed them to the homeless.

My short poem, “Possibility”, has been submitted for inclusion in the project’s next effort, due for release in June, 2011. “Possibility” is available for viewing on my site in the Poems section.

About Brucearlenwasserman

Bruce Arlen Wasserman assembled his first poetry manuscript at the age of seventeen and farmed and worked as a blacksmith in his twenties. He received a BA in Mass Communications from Winona State University and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His literary career has spanned work in news and periodicals, as a freelancer and an editor. His publications include a 2011 poetry collection, An Undiscovered Country (Horace Simerman Literary Press). His poem, “The Wet on Milan Street,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poem, “Elegy for My Father,” was chosen for inclusion in the Proverse Poetry Prize Anthology, 2017, and his short story, “The Almost Living,” was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2017 Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers. His Poem, "Louisiana Life" will appear in the Spring/Summer, 2018 edition of the Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review. Bruce is a Literary Critic for the New York Journal of Books and the Washington Independent Review of Books, creates visual art as a potter, performs as a musician in a band, works with horses and is a dentist in clinical practice.
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