September 25, 2009
The GPS is a nationwide project to find, map and share poetry in all its forms. The site is easy to use and filled with great poems, memories of poems and things that could be poems like poetical lines of graffiti. I’ll be leading a GPS poetry walk from the Stockbridge Library on 14 October, 2009 at 4pm. So, if you want to grab a camera and go on a poetry hunt with me, I’d love to have you. Also, if you are afraid of techno – I’ll help you upload to the site. I’ve been playing with it for the last couple of hours and not only is it easy to use, it actually looks cool and is fun to play with. Type your post code in and see what poetry is near to you!
Here’s the official pitch from the GPS website:
“Poems are on pages, and on the stage. They might be a nursery rhyme your granny sang to you, or lyrics by a chart-topping rapper. Does a line of graffiti on the station wall make you think? Is it poetry? Riddles can be poems, and prayers can be poems. A three line haiku about an urban fox and a hundred-line ballad about maritime history are poems. There is poetry in football chants and street signs, family sayings and birthday cards. You just have to find it… and then share it via GPS.”
GPS is a Southbank Centre project in partnership with Academi, Apples & Snakes, Beverley Literature Festival, The Dylan Thomas Centre, Litfest, NALD GPS Ambassadors, Scottish Poetry Library and Verbal Arts Centre.