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Poetry In The Windows VI

May 11, 2014
Poem, "All My Poems Hate Me" by Charles Hood in the window of Delicia Bakery on Figueroa.

Poem, “All My Poems Hate Me” by Charles Hood in the window of Delicia Bakery on Figueroa.

For 25 years, The Arroyo Arts Collective has been keeping the great flame of arts heritage alive in Highland Park. Besides their annual Discovery Tour, puppet productions, and temporary art installations, their great contribution to culture in Northeast Los Angeles has been the written word in the form of poetry. For the sixth time in 19 years, The Arroyo Arts Collective has mounted the wonderful public exhibition, Poetry In The Windows.

Poetry in The Windows is just that: Poetry in the windows! Poems placed in the business windows along Figueroa Street from Avenue 55 to Avenue 60.  There were over two dozen Highland Park businesses participated in this edition of the PITW. Places as diverse as Chez Antonine, LAs Cazuelas, Twinkletoes Dance Studio, La Plalapa, Future Studio, Marcello’s Hair Salon, Bird Man Pet Shop, Slow Culture Gallery and Bearded Beagle Vintage put up the poems from contemporary poets in their windows.

On Saturday, the 19th Day of the National Poetry Month of April, Arroyo Arts Collective held a special Poetry Walk that set off from the Highland Park Ebell Club over to Figueroa Street to see the poems and hear the poets read their works. This was made extra-special by the presence of Poet and Highland Park daughter, Suzanne Lummis who made a special effort to have each business owner step outside and hear the poets read their poems to them. The poems are scheduled to be up until May 31, but this being Highland Park, you will likely see them well into the summer and beyond.

 

 

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