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Public Art poetry

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Write a poem about an artwork in the Collection that interests you

Use the City of Calgary Public Art Map or the Completed Public Art Gallery​ to find an artwork to write a poem about.

Guidelines:

  • Don't worry too much about rhyme or metre (unless you want to!). Poems can be as long or as short as you like, and in any style you prefer.
  • If poetry doesn’t seem to inspire your kids, see if they are interested in writing a song or a rap.
  • Spend some time to look closely at the artwork you chose. Consider some of the following questions to get your poetry wheels turning.

Think about:

  • What does the artwork immediately make you think of? Does it make you feel a certain way?
  • What is the artwork’s title? Does it change what you see?
  • Where it is the artwork, and who might usually see it every day? What do you think it would feel like if you were standing right next to it or beneath it?
  • If the artwork could speak, what might it say?
  • Does the artwork make you think of your sense of touch, smell, or hearing?
  • Does the artwork trigger any of your memories?
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Bird of Spring

Bird of Spring, by Abraham Etungat
Located in Connaught Park, 14th Avenue and 11th Street SW

Poem example:

there is a harbinger of spring
in a park where folks meet and sing
though it cannot (Connaught) fly
to all the passers by
it spreads joy with its skyward wings
-Anonymous

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