Poetry is alive and well on the streets of St. Paul.
The Sidewalk Poetry Project, now in its third year, invites community members to submit their poetry. Those poems selected by a judging panel are then stamped into new sidewalks around the city.
This year more than 800 poems were submitted. St. Paul City Artist in Residence Marcus Young said they included “poems about the weather, baseball, memories, love of Saint Paul, squirrels and dogs, family, everything under the sun it seems, intrigued, stirred, amused, and charmed us.”
This year’s winning poems were penned by: Dallas Crow, Rachel Kowarski, Pat Owen, Jeri Reilly, and Kevin Walker. Honorable mentions include: Jefforee Davis, Sharon DeMark, Collin Dobie and William Reichard.
Here are a couple of the winning poems:
A dog on a walk
is like a person in love −
You can’t tell them
it’s the same old world.
by Pat Owen
where a moth
can shake the sky.
by Kevin Walker
To date 26 different poems have been embedded in 260 different locations.