On today’s episode, I’m talking about the public poetry installations of London-based poet and artist Robert Montgomery.
I use Montgomery’s work in my first-year undergrad poetry class to consider important dimensions of and questions brought up by public poetry, such as: how these poems blur the line between “art” and “the real world”; how materiality and physical position shapes meaning; where poetry belongs and who has access to it; what kind of art or poetry is “permitted” in public space; and more!
- See Robert Montgomery’s website for a good sample of the public poetry installations he’s done.
- Montgomery’s poems in the order I discuss them in the episode: all palaces / on fire amidst greenery / poem amidst protest / the mountains must have / vehicle poem
- Listen to Episode 1.5 on Instapoetry for more on the poetry course I talk about in this episode, including the discussion board assignment I mention.
- Find out more about the Tonight It’s Poetry series on their website and Facebook page.
- Check out Zoey Roy’s YouTube page for examples of public poetry projects online, including her video “Be Well” from October 2020. You can also check out her Facebook page.
- The episode image is a screenshot from the video “Urban Poet Robert Montgomery” by Crane.tv.
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