A few weeks ago, when the Emily Dickinson Museum posted a call for short poems for potential inclusion in their #ArtofRainPoetry event for ArtWeek, I got very excited. I’ve enjoyed the many photos I’ve seen from MassPoetry’s previous rain poetry installations, and I’m always in favor of projects that get poetry out into public view. Last fall I had a haiku, “Robin and Rabbit,” selected to be part of the Minuteman Bikeway Public Art project, though sadly I never managed to get a good picture of it in situ, as the chalk paint was laid down one day and the next four days were heavy wind and rain, so many of the poems were obscured by wet leaves.
This spring, however, I can look forward to a rainy day, as my poem “If Spring (Recalcitrance)” was one of five selected from over 80 submissions to be part of the Dickinson Museum’s installation on the sidewalks of Amherst.
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We are delighted to announce the contemporary poets whose work was selected for our Massachusetts ArtWeek public art project, The Art of Rain Poetry! Our thanks to all who submitted their work. We sure love our poetry community! Find the poems by these authors on rainy day pavements in downtown Amherst very soon. #ArtofRainPoetry #ArtweekMA #EmilyDickinson #EmilyDickinsonMuseum
Starting this weekend, you can find my poem and 5 others, on the sidewalks of Amherst. We’re due for rain both Saturday and Sunday, so keep your eyes peeled! (Bonus: my poem is going to be located only a block from Bart’s, so you can grab some ice cream at the same time!)