Roadside Poetry

It doesn’t take long to figure out that there are champions of the arts in Fergus Falls. In fact you don’t even have to get out of your car to get a sense for it. Take this series of road signs:





Roadside Poetry is the brain child of Paul Carney, English teacher at the Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

Inspired in part by the old Burma-Shave signs posted along highways during the 1950’s, roadside poetry’s mission is to “celebrate the personal pulse of poetry in the public landscape.”

Each season a new poem takes its place on Tower road; Carney is hoping to expand the project to other rural roads throughout Otter Tail County. Everyone is welcome to submit a poem for the project. Local artist Scott Gunvaldson designed the logo, template, and lettering for each sign panel.

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