Poets’ Path: Poetry Under the Arbour
The project was commissioned by the Faber Academy, the educational branch of Faber & Faber Publishing, and was designed to encourage and promote the creative art of poetry writing.
Over the course of the two day event visitors at the festival, centred around Bloomsbury’s Russell Square, were encouraged to form their own poetic phrases, through reassembling words from three existing poems. Works by John Keats, T.S. Eliot and contemporary poet Daljit Nagra, were displayed and used as inspiration in the creation of new poetry. Daljit Nagra was himself present, and on hand to offer inspiration and guidance to budding poets.
Individual words, printed onto a fully degradable plastic, could be connected to form new phrases and sentences. Whilst, the fonts chosen reflected the poem for which they were used, meaning that each original work carries with it its own identity.
Once the individual word pieces had been connected and fashioned into a new phrase or poem, the long strips were to be hung within the arbour in Russell Square, creating a forest of words and phrases; some beautiful, some surreal and some risqué.
Found poetry, this method of reassembling and reconstructin gexisting poetry, is seen as an ideal (re)introduction to a medium which many may not have had a great deal of contact with, or exposure to.
In total over two thousand poems were created, proving that poetry really is something that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all.