On April 12th, 2014 poets sprung up beneath blooming magnolia trees, beside plump vegetables, in libraries, in front of cafes, and beyond in celebration of Philly Poetry Day — the first day of its kind. APIARY and poet Leonard Gontarek asked Philly Poetry Day participants to chronicle the day, share their experiences, and showcase the power of Philadelphia’s poetry community.
Just Passing Through
by Anne-Adele Wight
“I’m going to die in the open, in the street.” (Patricia Mary Hearons)
Three poets gathered under a magnolia in Rittenhouse Square. Patricia Mary Hearons (Tri), Laura Spagnoli, and I had put together a reading with a loose transit theme. Crowds were passing through the square (transit, life imitating art), and an encouraging number stopped to listen.