When It Rains, It Poems: Boston's Poetry Project

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When It Rains, It Poems: Boston's Poetry Project
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Just in case Piña Coladas, Shirley Manson, and yellow boots weren't enough reasons to love precipitation, Raining Poetry, Mass Poetry's newest project, brings poems to Bostonians whenever it rains.


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The setup is simple. A template is cut, taped down to the sidewalk, and then a biodegradable, water-repellent spray is used over the template. The result is a poem that lives on the sidewalk, invisible until the concrete is wet. When it rains, or, being Boston, someone vomits beer on a public sidewalk, the surrounding concrete darkens, but the water-repellent lettering stays dry and lighter in color, revealing a poem.

Currently there are four poems lying in wait, and plans are in the works to continue expanding the project. 

If you're in the Boston area and looking for a rainy day poem, you can see a map here.

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Jose F. Diaz's picture
Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel May 25, 2016 - 12:13pm

A person did this in Seattle as well. Or maybe it was Portland. One of those two.

But I think his were words of encouragement, or some such thing.

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Vinny Mannering from Boston, MA. USA is reading On Fiction Writing May 25, 2016 - 12:35pm

As someone from Boston I should be offended by this line:

When it rains, or, being Boston, someone vomits beer on a public sidewalk

...but I just can't argue with the truth of it.