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Words On Walls

Written by DK Wright
May 17, 2013

Urban Word poet David Fasanya stands on top of his verses at the NYPL 
Urban Word poet David Fasanya stands on top of his verses at the NY Public Library on November 19, 2012. This Words on Walls events featured poems that raised voter awareness and the importance of civic engagement.

Urban Word NYC, along with partners City Lore and Bowery Arts & Science, recently culminated the first year of the NY Community Trust/Hive-supported WORDS ON WALLS program, during the New Museum’s “Ideas City” Festival. WORDS ON WALLS is a collaborative performance of music and spoken word along with poetry projections by the POEMobile. The POEMobile is a beautifully hand-painted truck covered in the calligraphy of multilingual poetry that houses an innovative, open-air text projection system. Illuminated verses lit up Mulberry Street as Urban Word’s powerful teen poets, along with special guests, explored IDEAS CITY’s Festival theme of Untapped Capital through poems on words unspoken, hidden connections, and invisible cities. This photo essay captures some highlights from a year of illuminated verses from teen poets across the city. Teens worked with various software and customized programs to not only layout their poems on a variety of surfaces, but also to make them move, disappear and in some cases explode!

Urban Word NYC poet Carol Brown performs her poem, “Foundations” at the Ideas Ci
Caption: Urban Word NYC poet Carol Brown performs her poem, “Foundations” at the Ideas City Festival. The lines of her poem created a skyline as she performs them!

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Caption: Urban Word poet Gabriel Barralaga performing “To the Women” in Tribeca in front of Treasure & Bond on October 20, 2012. Treasure & Bond is a retail store that gives all of its proceeds to charity, and Urban Word NYC is a recent recipient. Poets used the various facades of the store to show off their powerful poems.

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Caption: All of the lights! The Words on Walls event in Jackson Heights on the Muslim holiday of Eid (October 26, 2012) was a highlight of this year’s program drawing more than 250 audience members. We filled Diversity Plaza with the voices of young poets, and community leaders and performers, and Shaheen Sweets provided free snacks and sweets.

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Caption: City Lore’s PoeMobile set up for the New Museum’s “Idea City” to illuminate the verses from the young poets of Urban Word NYC, with special guests the phenomenal Might Third Rail.



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