CityPoem 94 – Sao Paulo

Poetry and prose in unusual places in Sao Paulo. City Poems: SESC Show of Arts 2008 (Oct 08-18th) (SESC – Commerce Social Service) A quite unusual show happened in the SESC units in Sao Paulo. Poetry and prose were shown…

CityPoem 93, Amsterdam (3)

We will laugh again. Your star will shine again, Amsterdam The magic will work it’s way again, Amsterdam Spring is drawing near, Amsterdam You will fall in love again, Amsterdam You will move freely again, Amsterdam We will laugh again,…

CityPoem 93 – Shanghai

Design of 1995 based on a poem of 815. The famous Bai Yuji’s Pipa Song inspired the Oriental Pearl Tower’s design. The Poem, the Poet and the Tower. CityPoem 93 is from Shanghai.  Foreword by the Poet“In 815,…

CityPoem 92 – Amsterdam (2)

What is the ideal place for a CityPoem? Where do fast moving urbanites take their natural pause? In Amsterdam, city of water, it is by the many bridges.Under the Bridge What is the ideal place for a CityPoem? Where…

CityPoem 91 – Utrecht (2)

In a small street just outside the old city center of Utrecht, The Netherlands, this short inspiring poem recreates the feeling of wondering the streets on a warm spring day.Poem by Virginie Driesen: een straat in de zon en…

CityPoem 90 – Brasilia, Poetry in the Gutter

Residents of Brasilia, Brazil’s capital, made a protest on July, 9th against the destruction of poems published on bus stops around town.The poems were published in panels, written with ceramic mosaics and were a distraction to those waiting for…

CityPoem 2 – Antwerp

Why does the icon building Boerentoren declare his love to the female tower of the Cathedral in Antwerp?Antwerp City Poem: Boerengedicht by Tom Lanoye (In bold the translation of the part on the banner on the Boerentoren tower, one…

CityPoem 59 – São Paulo

The famous Brazilian poet Mario de Andrade wrote a poem about the Soul of Sao Paulo.São Paulo CityPoem: Drizzle of my São Paulo, Mário de Andrade Below a poem shown in an exhibition about the city of São Paulo.…

CityPoem 58 – Dublin (8)

Some of those poems left anonymously in the urban landscape. Dublin  CityPoem: Open Your Eyes, anonymous I open my eyes and that is what I see a land of fearful people still struggling to be free they hearts are full…

Street Art in Dublin: Asbestos

“My works are all intended to entertain and provoke anyone who sees them on the streets.” As part of the Inspiring Cities 2007 Dublin Week we raise the question: how is Dublin doing in terms of integrating culture in the…

CityPoem 57 – Dublin (7)

A CityPoem with an intriguing similarity to Dublin CityPoem 2, published on Inspiring Cities. Both are based on a poem popular among bloggers. Both are claimed by many. And both were written in chalk. Could it be the same performer?…

CityPoem 56 – Glendalough

A poem by the Irish contemporary poet Seamus Heaney, who lives in Dublin.Today, a bit of smuggling for Dublin week. Glendalough is not in Dublin, but it is 36 kms south of Dublin. Glendalough’s granite cliffs have been a…

CityPoem 54 – Dublin (5)

Commemorating the 49,400 Irishmen who were killed in the Great War.Dublin  CityPoem: War Sonnets, Rupert Brooke This memorial park was built in 1938 to commemorate the 49,400 Irishmen who were killed in the Great War. The wreaths were laid…

CityPoem 55 – Dublin (6)

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.”Dublin is writer’s city. Bloom’s day, that this Dublin Week leads up to, is the day of James Joyce. But Oscar Wilde is present in the current streetscape of the city too. He…

CityPoem 53 – Dublin (4)

… “There’s Poetry In A Pint Of Guinness”Needless to say, probably, that this one can be found in the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. See more Dublin CityPoems:Dublin (1) – Cafe Zanzibar Dublin (2) – internet poetry Dublin (3)…

CityPoem 52 – Minneapolis

Why is a whole community painting poems on walls?The photos of this special project were sent in by Eric Gustafson of the organisation. Thanks Eric! Minneapolis CityPoem: The Sun Never Says, Hafez This CityPoem is part of Corcoran Neighborhood’s…

CityPoem 50 – Vienna

A milestone: the 50th CityPoem. What could be a more appropriate highlight than ‘Pick a Poem’?Vienna CityPoem, Helmut Seethaler Pick a Poem.  (Pflück Gedichte.) The author writes poems on scraps of paper, and sticks them on Vienna’s main streets.…

CityPoem 49 – Utrecht

A poem reacting to its site, opposite Utrecht Central Station. Known by many travelers arriving by train. Written by one of the city’s most important poets.Utrecht CityPoem: En hoe verder hij ging… (‘And the further he went…’), Cornelius Carolius…

CityPoem 48 – Barcelona

Our first CityPoem from Barcelona, thanks to Jeroen Boggia’s contribution.Barcelona CityPoem: Les Formigues, Joan Salvat-Papasseit Unfortunately, no English translation yet. Original text in Catalan: Camí de sol per les rutes amigues unes formigues. See also:Barcelona (2) – inspiring…

CityPoem 47 – Taipei

A poem in the Taipei MRT ShihPai Station (Tamshui-Shintien Line or Beitou-Nanshih Chiao Line): Transformation, by the major American Modernist poet Wallace Stevens.Taipei  CityPoem: Sunday Morning, Wallace Stevens Sunday Morning Wallace Stevens I Complacencies of the peignoir, and late…

CityPoem 46 – Wijk bij Duurstede

A poem that captures the soul of Holland and is probably the best known one in The Netherlands. It describes the typical Dutch landscape.In 2000, the Dutch people chose this poem ‘Poem of the Century’. The poem was appropriately…

CityPoem 45 – Beijing

Near the Old Summer Palace, poetry with a very short life: the new Bejing phenomenon of water-wrting, suddenly popular in the last ten years.Beijing CityPoem: Water-writing This is water-writing. The characters fade into the thin air once the water…

CityPoem 44 – Antwerp (9)

Soul of Antwerp: the river Schelde. A poem about this river, projected on this river.Part of the Antwerp CityPoem programme, written by the Antwerp CityPoet Bart Moeyaert. Projected in neon on the river at night. The last of 7…

CityPoem 43 – Antwerp (8)

“Back and Forth”, placed in the Antwerp Train Station.The sixth of 7 Antwerp CityPoems this week, ending in an in-depth interview with the people behind the Antwerp programme. Antwerp CityPoem: Heen en terug (Back and Forth), Tjitse Hofman Back…