Poetry happens everyday…accidental and intentional

As may be apparent from other posts (like this one or this one), I am a big fan of finding poetry in my everyday life: on my commute to work, in books I read, online – the list goes on and on. This first example came about from a setting in an iPhone app combined with my laziness. I have this photography app – Hipstamatic – set to alternate “random” filters/film/lens combinations; overall this is fun and produces interesting results. But one of the filters overlays captions onto the images and mostly I find this one annoying (but not enough to do anything about it!) – but every now and then it produces a “poetic” gem…


Photographs (various locations around Boston) and composition by me – caption “poems” by Hipstamatic.

Recently, I read an excellent post on the blog Dark Ecologies by S.C. Hickman about Dante Alighieri’s poetry where one of the lines really struck me as poetic and beautiful – so, in the spirit of Ron Gross’ Found Poetry – I rearranged the lines here:


Photographs (of a statue of Saint Agnes in New York City) and composition by me.

Then there is poetry that is very intentional and is meant to be found – walking to work one day a few weeks ago I encountered a lovely garden in a front yard in Allston where the gardner/homeowner has added poetry for everyone’s enjoyment:














Have a wonderful and poetic Labor Day!


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