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Poet Populist Seattle » 2009 » May

May 2009

Recommended, Thursday 6/11

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

One-time candidate Mimi Allin hosts:

SAM Word
A.K. “Mimi” Allin
Thursday, June 11, 2009
8-9 p.m.
Seattle Art Museum Downtown, Entire Building
1300 First Avenue

A.K. “Mimi” Allin, the Poetess at Green Lake, curates poetry-infused “instigations” in SAM’s downtown galleries. This evening features 100 poets on the escalator, in the galleries, at the balconies, draped over the grand staircase, whispering poems, creating impasses, here and there, in various parts of the museum, over the course of an hour. Whispers will be broadcast to the main lobby and heard locally by those wandering the museum. FREE

Ashbery weighs in

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

From an interview in the 4/25 Boston Globe:

Q. Cambridge’s poet populist, Peter Payack, is asking residents to submit a few lines of poetry for a “community poem.” Are ideas like this good for poetry?

A. I like the idea of many voices contributing to a single poem. The 19th-century proto-surrealist French poet Lautréamont once wrote that poetry should be made by everybody, and that sounds like what this project is carrying out.

The Globe was interviewing the 81 year-old on the occasion of his acceptance of an award at Harvard.

You can follow Lauréamont and Ashbery and be part of Seattle Writes: add your poem to the project now, or just see what others are up to!