Poetry, Prose and Witty Texting: The Conversation on The Street

“True poetry cares nothing for poems” says Raoul Vaneigem, the Belgium Situationist who taught us that we are creating our lives twenty-four hours a day, in his book “The Revolution of Everyday Life.” The act of living is a certain poetry in itself, we have decided.

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Jef Aeorosl pays tribute to Andy Warhol on the streets of Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

When an artist is acting of his or her own industry, they will think, will consider their choice of written words on the street. Poetry or prose; full stanza, furtive phrase, stalwart screed – the message is not incidental if it has made it into the public space for a theater of many possible audiences.

Over time you will see these hand rendered, scrawled, sprayed, paint-brushed text-based missives as diary entries. Not all are profound, and many are perplexing or maddeningly cryptic or coy. Others are statements of conviction or punch lines. Lucky you on the day the sentiment hits you in the funny bone, hits closer to the heart, or reveals a truth. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to add your own entry in response to, or in spite of this conversation on the street.

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John Fekner (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Queen Andrea (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dont Fret (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Homo Riot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rambo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rambo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tatyana Fazlaliadeh (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ben Eine (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Chivalry is dead. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Forgive (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Peace (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Elbow toe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zimad (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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