Poetry can sometimes be a tricky thing to understand. From Shakespeare and Dickinson to Silverstein and Dr. Seuss, the structure of poetry has evolved from formal verse into a way for people to express themselves in a more abstract way.
Enter Structures Poetry Humans, a project aiming to redefine what poetry means by creatively documenting the relationship between people and the structures they come in contact with in everyday life. By using music, photographs, letters, film and other forms of creative expression, people from all over the world will be able to share their thoughts, memories and stories and eventually be a part of an exhibit that will showcase the results of this experiment.
So, lets say, for example, that you ate the best sandwich of your life outside a barn in the middle of a field in Nebraska. Every time you eat another great sandwich, you’ll probably be reminded of that time and that place, back to that barn in Nebraska. That memory and that connection is unique to your personal experiences, and by sharing that, you’re sharing a part of your history with the world.
That personal connection is what Structures Poetry Humans is trying to accomplish. The project is three-fold. And since the creators probably know more about it than we do, we’ll let them explain it:
Structures Poetry Humans is taking the year of 2012 to explore, ask questions, and creatively document the relationships and poetic connections between structures and human beings.
The first focus is to create unique content for every day of 2012 through photography, illustration, poetry, music, short films, and other creative documentation.
The second focus invites viewers to become collaborators by sending in a physical postmarked letter(s), sharing their stories, memories, thoughts, and pictures of the subject matter.
The third focus is a physical installation of a structure filled with the project’s findings at a contemporary art space called Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, California, running October 25th through December 29th of 2012.
If you think this looks cool and want to participate (which obviously you should), meander over to Structures Poetry Humans and get your creativity on.