word play

for national poetry month, we’re celebrating the unexpected verses around us. first up: the witty thoughts of artist rafael rozendaal
April 13, 2015  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH
to those who call poetry esoteric, unapproachable or dauntingly academic, we’ll concede beowulf, no questions asked. but what of the biting conversational wit of dorothy parker or william shakespeare’s ability to summarize of our entire range of feelings in a few simple, yet profoundly eloquent, words?
not to mention the beautiful phrases and rhythms we hear every day.
from a particularly well-composed text to your favorite movie monologue, poetry is all around us, and in honor of national poetry month, we’re highlighting the art in all kinds of surprising settings.
this weekend we took a peek at haiku, a show of rafael rozendaals work at postmasters gallery in new york. in it, he lifts mundane observations of everyday moments into concisely punchy poems on pastel backdrops that are similarly simplistic yet artful. (say hello to your next d.i.y. decorating project).


rozendaal has a uniquely modern style. he’s known for internet-centric work, designing and auctioning original website art with the condition that they remain public, but he’s modern in another way, too: his projects inspire you to focus.


warming up to the possibilities of poetry yet? lovely. we highly recommend popping by the postmasters gallery for rozendaal’s exhibit—open through april 18—and checking back here throughout the month for a few more peeks at poetry in unexpected places.



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