When I’m on a subway platform in Toronto, I always navigate past the bodies, bags, and buggies until I’m close enough to read the news on the flat screen monitors. If I wore my glasses, I could stand further away. Instead, I’m posted below the screen, head cocked up, staring.
4:37 pm. 18°. Dump truck crashes into condo. Ad for House of Lords. Conservatives heading for a majority: Poll. 4:38 pm.
On October 4, 2008, from 6:52 pm to sunrise, poetry will be all the information I need.
Commuter artist enabler, Sharon Switzer of Art4Commuters, arranged for the work of four poets to be interpreted into animation videos, which will be shown for the duration of Nuit Blanche.
I had the pleasure of working with animator Joe Pascale. Joe turned two of my poems–Lessons Learned in the County and Atonement–into strange and lovely animations.
So, October 4: look up.