Clarence White, Green Line Poet
“An on-the-spot-poetry creation studio complete with vintage typewriters and paper.”
In Green Line Poet, a typewriter poet/artist transformed a spot in the Little Mekong zone at Northern Spark 2017 into an on-the-spot-poetry creation studio complete with vintage typewriters and paper. The poet created poems and letters exploring the sights, sounds, smells, and stories of the night and historic Rondo and Little Mekong districts. The event concluded with selected poems being read during the festival and shared on social media.
Visitors and artists sat in a “session” with the artist who listened with ears, notepads and a manual typewriter. Visitors were asked to respond to their surroundings–to provide their experience of their intellectual and emotional response to places, exhibits, interactions with installments, interactions or impressions of people, both with whom they traveled to Northern Spark and those who they encountered on the way– or the entire Northern Spark experience.
Clarence White is a writer, editor, curator and performance artist. He is an editor, contributor and publicist with the Saint Paul Almanac. His work has appeared several places including the anthology Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota. He lives in Saint Paul.