Rain of Poems
Tuesday 26th June
One hundred thousand poems by over 300 contemporary poets from 204 countries fell from a helicopter over Jubilee Garden during Poetry Parnassus as the sun set. The performance, carried out by the Chilean arts collective, Casagrande in collaboration with Southbank Centre was one of the most visually stunning displays of aeronautical poetry ever seen.
Rain of Poems over London is the sixth performance of its kind which rains down poetry on cities that have suffered air raids in the past. It has been held in Berlin, Germany (2010), Warsaw, Poland (2009), Guernica, Spain (2004), Dubrovnik, Croatia (2002), and Santiago, Chile (2001). The bookmarks are released at twilight and printed in two languages, written by both Chilean writers and writers involved in Poetry Parnassus. This performance has a symbolic value that serves to create an alternative image of the past and is a gesture of remembrance but also a metaphor for the survival of cities and people.
For more info on the Poetry Parnassus, click on the image above!