releasing poetry into the world: the free verse project

The American Academy of Poets is encouraging people to take lines from poems they love and project them onto the world… to scrawl, ink, stamp, paint, stitch verses onto pebbles, leaves, pavement, cloth, skin. The creative opportunities are endless.

I’ve really enjoyed scanning through these photos. There’s something really wonderful about seeing poems I’ve always enjoyed in a different context,or being led to new discoveries based only on a few, carefully chosen words.

Check them out.

the project explained

The Flickr Album


One thought on “releasing poetry into the world: the free verse project

  1. Natalie wanted me to post this as an addendum to today’s entry. It is the poem referenced in this picture (

    All of us have needed or will need this poem at certain difficult moments in our lives, so I exhort everyone to commit it to memory and make Natalie proud.

    Love After Love
    by Derek Walcott

    The time will come
    when, with elation
    you will greet yourself arriving
    at your own door, in your own mirror
    and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

    and say, sit here. Eat.
    You will love again the stranger who was your self.
    Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
    to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

    all your life, whom you ignored
    for another, who knows you by heart.
    Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

    the photographs, the desperate notes,
    peel your own image from the mirror.
    Sit. Feast on your life.

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