Wisconsin State Journal | April 2018 |
Poetry will soon come to the sidewalks of Monroe Street.
Up to a dozen poems written by Madison’s current and former poets laureate are set to be stamped into the sidewalks along the Near West Side thoroughfare sometime during the street’s reconstruction.
The street-side public art project will mirror a similar project in 2011 that resulted in four poems being stamped in a seven-block stretch of sidewalk along Williamson Street on the city’s Near East Side.
In a city with abundant visual art, the project is a good way to increase awareness of Madison’s poet laureate program or spark curiosity about poetry, said Kia Karlen, who chairs the Madison Arts Commission.