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Mount Pleasant Group Creates ‘Poem Dropboxes’ for Local Poets

by Andrew Ramonas March 30, 2016 at 2:55 pm 0

Mount Pleasant Poetry Project founders Oliver Bendorf and Temim Fruchter (Photo via Mount Pleasant Poetry Project)

“Poem dropboxes” are popping up around the Mount Pleasant area as part of a local group’s campaign to create a community poetry book, according to the organization.

The Mount Pleasant Poetry Project officially launches its poetry collection program with five dropboxes Friday, the beginning of National Poetry Month.

The locations include:

  • Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library (3160 16th St. NW).
  • 826DC & Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply Co., (3333 14th St. NW).
  • Latin American Youth Center (1419 Columbia Road NW).
  • The Potter’s House (1658 Columbia Road NW).
  • Each Peach Market (3068 Mount Pleasant St. NW).
  • Many Languages One Voice inside La Casa Community Center (3166 Mount Pleasant St. NW).

Starting this Saturday, the organization also will have a dropbox at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market in the Mount Pleasant Street Plaza.

Founded by D.C. writers Temim Fruchter and Oliver Bendorf, the Mount Pleasant Poetry Project bills itself as a “poetry adventure for the whole neighborhood” intended to “capture the diverse stories of Mount Pleasant.”

“The idea is simple: Write a poem (because anyone can write a poem). Drop it in one of the poem dropboxes scattered through the neighborhood,” the group’s website says. “We’ll collect all the poems and turn them into a big neighborhood poetry anthology.”

The free poetry book is expected to come out this summer.

Photo via Mount Pleasant Poetry Project

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