Poetry on the Streets
Everyone has a poem inside.
POTS MISSION is to engage communities in creative expression, connect through sharing the voices of people from many different walks of life, and highlight our human experience. Everyone has a story. Everyone has a poem inside.
Poetry on the Streets has evolved from an interactive public poetry writing exhibit designed to engage passersby in writing spontaneous poetry to a broader initiative of workshops and offerings to various community groups with the mission of providing spaces for self-expression and connection.
Over the past couple of years, Poetry on the Streets has received recognition from National Arts Strategies as being chosen for their Creative Community Fellows program, and The Pollination Project, who supports global leaders in support of social change.
POTS new global initiative, "Essential Voices from the Pandemic" response to Covid-19.
A Human Experience on the Street: A Story. When I'm set up on a street corner, or at a bus stop, or in a park with my Smith-Corona vintage blue typewriter and jar of words and some watercolor paints, I never know what to expect or who I will meet that day. But every single time, something very human occurs. Some people approach POTS with trepidation; others dive right in; some decide to trust a stranger and take a risk. But every time, people express feeling better after writing a poem. People connect; people share things they’ve never told anyone; laugh, talk of their pasts, futures, sometimes cry. They surprise themselves at their abilities, their reflections, their feelings that arise. They write in their native languages; they write to one another; they write for themselves. Some who have never written a poem, or say they can’t, do. People take a moment to pause, share their vulnerabilities, express and create, and connect with strangers and then go on their way.
The most surprising thing that occurred (beginning in 2017 when I started POTS) was many people wanted to leave their poems with me. They wanted their words to be shared with others. They wanted to be heard. I felt a responsibility to share these expressions with a wider public. This became the impetus for Poetry on the Streets' first gallery show, displaying over one hundred poems alongside the people's photographs in Hartford, CT in Jan. of 2020.
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