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Poetry Illuminated

Evenings in February

Poetry Illuminated returns for the second year. The Library will be projecting poems on sidewalk squares at night and in front of the Library throughout the month of February.

Similar to Poems on the Underground, a program initiated on London’s Tube trains in 1986, which renewed huge interest in poetry and cut across demographic boundaries, Poetry Illuminated displays poems in outdoor locations where people will happen upon them inadvertently (in this case public sidewalks) without hype or a social media campaign.

While poetry lovers may delight in seeing poems illuminated on sidewalk squares at night, the real audience for this project is those who think poetry is irrelevant, elitist, or worse, alienating. We hope these sidewalk encounters will tap into our natural joy in language, in unusual twists of expression and thought.

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