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Lit City Sidewalk Poems

We are celebrating the literary arts in Buffalo with poems under your feet. Look for spray-chalked poetry on sidewalks all over the city.

“new bones”
by Lucille Clifton

we will wear
new bones again.
we will leave
these rainy days,
break out through
another mouth
into sun and honey time.
worlds buzz over us like bees,
we be splendid in new bones.
other people think they know
how long life is.
how strong life is.
we know.

Installed outside the Lexington Co-op @ 807 Elmwood Avenue
& Freedom Wall

by Robert Creeley

has happened

the world.
on the edge,


Installed outside Broadway Market
& Delaware Park

From Yabo:
by Alexis De Veaux

History is a black hole…
Like a goddess or god:
appearing differently or not at all.
Depending on which direction.
Imagine a history that was unheard,
not repeated,
A theory of darkness,
without light, color, shadow.

Installed outside MLK Park
& Colored Musicians Club

from “Articulation of Sound Forms in Time”
by Susan Howe

Loving Friends and Kindred: —
…We must not worry
how few we are and fall from each other
More than language can express
Hope for the artist in America & etc
This is my birthday
These are the old home trees.

Installed outside Hoyt Lake
& Delaware Park

from “Take It or Leave It”
by Raymond Federman

I want to write
a book like a cloud
that changes as it goes
he said.

Installed at Japanese Garden

from City of Light
by Lauren Belfer

My city’s sky,
a gift from the
shifting currents
and ever-changing
winds of the
Great Lakes…

a blank slate
upon which
might write

Installed outside Buffalo Seminary
& Dash’s Market on Hertel Avenue

“Wrong Star”
by Kazim Ali

Wrong star I chose
To sail under alone
I did not want
To be alone
Brought or abandoned
Those nights when
I did not know
Who could know
Am I invited
Do you remember
Which question
Needs answer

Installed outside Kleinhans Music Hall

by Carl Dennis

I’m glad…to be standing fifty yards
from the Coast Guard station
Barely half a mile from downtown Buffalo,
At the western edge of the Empire State,
Which might have taken more care of its shoreline
Had it been ruled, now and then, by an emperor.

Installed at Hoyt Lake
& Allentown