Watch Cleveland Writers Poetically Bombard RTA Passengers With Words

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Last month, pop-up readings took over RTA routes and stops.

In celebration of Cleveland Book Week, local writers read to commuters with conviction and passion. They read their own poems and stories, as well as selections from Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners' work (the annual awards took place Sept. 7).

Many walked on, ignoring the spoken words. Other stopped and listened. Some cried.

New Departure Films, in collaboration with LAND Studio, Twelve Literary and Performative Arts Incubator, caught the moments on camera. What transpired is a 4-minute video full of Cleveland art, architecture, light rail and choice sentences.

"Greetings, Earthlings. My name is Slow And Stumbling. I come from planet Trouble. I am here to love you uncomfortable," we hear in the video. It's a piece of Jericho Brown's Heart Condition.

Later, from a Marilyn Chin poem, "We are staring at the void, at the edge of Americaness, the Begonia is too beautiful. We must love and be loved."

Watch the whole thing right here:




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