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The Typewriter Project

What would you say?

What would you say?

The Typewriter Project is a program of the Poetry Society of New York.  Situated in Tompkins Square Park, NY from June 15-July 19: members of the public are invited to don their poetic hats and enter a small wooden den, a soul’s confessional, with a  typewriter, paper scroll and a hidden USB kit, which will allow every entry to be collected and posted on-line to form one long running public dialogue.  Such a fantastic idea – the project’s mission is to document the poetic subconscious of the city while providing a fun and interactive means for the public to engage with the written word.  

Encouraging people to engage with poetry has always been a passion of mine; it’s something I try to do through my show and I believe that if you find poetry once then it’s almost impossible to stop finding it.  It’s everywhere, in everything, to quote Neruda: On our earth, before writing was invented, before the printing press was invented, poetry flourished.  That is why we know that poetry is like bread; it should be shared by all, by scholars and by peasants, by all our vast, incredible, extraordinary family of humanity. 

In March 2015, Ireland embarked on a campaign to find the country’s best loved poem of the last 100 yrs.  RTEs A Poem For Ireland Competition received nominations from thousands of people eager to express their connections to certain poems and reasons for their nominations. The purpose really, was to start a national conversation about our poetry and poets. To open ourselves up, in a liberating, free-thinking sort of way, to the joy and ceaseless pleasure of the written word. And guess what?  People are only bursting to get involved with poetry.  All we need are the opportunities.  So hats off to Stephanie Berger and Nicholas Adamski for coming up with such an innovative idea. Now  all we have to do is wait and see how lyrical New Yorkers can be  – the literary ball is in their court until July 19th!

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