‘Raining Poetry’ to appear again on Boston sidewalks


Four new poems, written in both English and Haitian Creole, are only visible when sidewalks are wet, Chris Caesar reports for Metro.

The city will unveil a new round of secret poems hidden throughout Boston’s sidewalks just in time for rainy fall weather.

“Raining Poetry 2.0” uses invisible ink to write poems on concrete and are only visible when raining, organizers said Wednesday.

“We hope innovative ideas like these help connect residents to their community by literally putting the city’s art at their feet,” Julie Burros, chief of the city’s Office of Arts and Culture, said in a statement. “This is an incredible opportunity to partner with Mass Poetry and the Boston Arts Commission, and we are so thankful for the hard work of the Mayor’s Mural Crew in designing these installations and expanding our ‘Concrete Library’ of poetry.”

The first four poems, written earlier this year, were selected by Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Georges and include works from writers with ties to Massachusetts.

This round will feature poems written either in English or Haitian Creole and will reflect the culture of the neighborhoods where they appear.

The new installations include:

  • From Pwezi miste, pwezi late, 1328 Blue Hill Ave., Mattapan
  • Untitled, 1961 Centre St., West Roxbury
  • Untitled, Fields Corner, 1520 Dorchester Ave.
  • Let, 500 Columbia Road, Upham’s Corner

Existing displays throughout the city include scribblings outside the Dudley Square Café, The Strand Theater, Adams Park, and Hyde Park Public Library.

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