Coffee House Press, Words for Winter 2
Words for Winter
For Illuminated South Loop, Coffee House Press commissioned 10 poets to write original work about winter.
ILLUMINATE SOUTH LOOP
Riding on the Blue Line METRO train near the airport, it’s hard to miss a giant LED board sign that flashes the familiar message of transportation warning: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. Motivated by the possibility of message boards like this to inspire a more poetic public language, we’re bringing back Words for Winter — an installation of short poems about winter on electronic road signs placed throughout Bloomington Central Park. This project first appeared on Nicollet Mall last winter, and this time we’ve brought award-winning Coffee House Press on board to create prompts and commission local writers to again reflect on their relationship to winter. Our hope is to highlight the literary brilliance of the Twin Cities, while providing surprise moments of delight, curiosity and inspiration to Bloomington’s workers, residents and visitors.