This is one of the most unique forms of "graffiti" I have heard of. I am a great lover of poetry from Wakowski and Cohen to Elliott and Whitman. And now artist Agustina Woodgate has brought poetry to the urban streets ... so to speak.
For her contribution to the O Miami poetry festival in April, artist Agustina Woodgate secretly sewed poems into garments at a local thrift store in Miami. The idea behind her project ‘Poetry Tags‘ was to make poems more accessible by giving each everyday item of clothing a voice, where by happenstance people were gifted a message.
Armed only with needles, thread, and printed tags with the words of Sylvia Plath and Li Po, this form of literary rebellion is simply about discovery and making poetry more accessible to a broader audience. Watch the video below as the artist explains how her work is like a surprise as the camera follows the artist into a thrift store.
We used to call Marvin "The Mayor of Greenwich Village". That is until he moved to the very trendy Lower East Side. He used to be a gallery owner, representing some of the best emerging artists of the time.
Now he is an accomplished poet whose work is haunting, despairing and cutting. Just like one needs a biscotti with every cup of espresso, art needs poetry. Marvin is a fitting cresendo close to Poetry month. Here is a video of Marvin in action. And you can read his poetry blog here.