Poetry Bombing: Secretly Sewing Verses In Clothing Becomes Literary Graffiti

Poetry Bombing: Secretly Sewing Verses In Clothing Becomes Literary Graffiti

An artist gives clothing at local thrift shops a literary update during a monthlong poetry festival in Miami.

Kyana Gordon
  • 28 june 2011

Forget spray paint, there’s another kind of bombing which just involves yarn and poetry. For her contribution to the O Miami poetry festival in April, artist Agustina Woodgate secretly sewed poems into garments at a local thrift store in Miami.

The idea behind her project ‘Poetry Tags‘ was to make poems more accessible by giving each everyday item of clothing a voice, where by happenstance people were gifted a message. Armed only with needles, thread, and printed tags with the words of Sylvia Plath and Li Po, this form of literary rebellion is simply about discovery and making poetry more accessible to a broader audience. Watch the video below as the artist explains how her work is like a surprise as the camera follows the artist into a thrift store.

Agustina Woodgate

[via Miami New Times]







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