Described as “Pop-Up Poetry,” a Calgary event had writers take to the street to show off their talents using the old manual typewriters.
“Each of these spontaneous poems offered a tiny window into the minds of Calgarians,” said Micheline Maylor, the city’s 2016-18 poet laureate and English instructor at Mount Royal University.
“In every case, it was a tremendous honour to tell stories through this medium and to share this art form with the downtown community.”
Maylor talked about the importance of art, poetry in particular, and making it more accessible to the public through the Calgary event.
“Poetry is a way to express some of the most profound moments in our lives, when we have great joy, great sorrow, great passion and awe. Poetry allows us to express that, to release that.”
“Poetry is for the people, and this brings us to the people.”
Under sunny skies Tuesday. seated at her nostalgic typewriter, Maylor was given the phrase, “I am downtown,” and composed a brilliant piece of poetry, a long list of meaningful metaphors reflecting on the city’s core and all that downtown has to offer, physically and spiritually:
City is a mixed bag of architecture, bones lengthening skyward
veined by rivers and gasoline. Sounding of the Furies, metal in the throat.
City grows like an orphan out of the prairies, mimics tall grasses,
wants to be tall as the mountains but made of granite and glass.
Tuesday’s unique outdoor experiment was presented by Mount Royal University with support form Downtown Calgary and Calgary Arts Development.
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