Rain of Poems: London 2012 Poetry Parnassus

Southbank

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