Rain of Poems: London 2012 Poetry Parnassus

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Chilean arts collective Casagrande droppped 100,000 poems from a helicopter over the south bank of the Thames river at twilight. Rain of Poems serves as a symbolic reappropriation of the past. All five cities that have been hit with poems (Berlin, Warsaw, Gernika, Dubrovnik, Santiago, and London), are cities that have been bombed during military strifes in the past. Through this symbolic “bombing of words,” Casagrande hopes to “open up questions that help us to understand cultural works as pacifist practices and also to discuss what the place of poetry could be in the history of war.” Continue reading

Rain of Poems: At Poetry Parnassus

Rain of Poems: At Poetry Parnassus

 Rain of Poems:  26 June 2012, 21:00pm: As part of the Southbank Festival of the World, watch 100,000 poems by over 300 contemporary poets from 204 countries fall from a helicopter over Jubilee Garden during Poetry Parnassus as the sun sets.

The performance, carried out by the Chilean arts collective, Casagrande in collaboration with Southbank Centre, is set to be one of the most visually stunning displays of aeronautical poetry ever seen.

Rain of Poems over London is the sixth performance of its kind which sees poetry raining down on cities that have suffered air raids in the past.

It has been held in Berlin, Germany, Warsaw, Poland, Guernica, Spain, Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Santiago, Chile. Continue reading