Boston's Sidewalks Expose Poetry When It Rains

Boston's Sidewalks Expose Poetry When It Rains

Pedestrians in Boston should feel lucky to get caught in the rain. Some of the sidewalks in the city have poems written on them, and the words aren't visible unless the sidewalks are wet. "Raining Poetry," an art installation that launched in April 2016, is a collaboration between Boston's City Hall and the nonprofit group Mass Poetry. The poems -- including works by Langston Hughes and Elizabeth McKim -- were selected by the city's Poet Laureate and all have connections to Beantown. Each one is stenciled onto concrete sidewalks with a water-repellant paint that is invisible on sunny days, and they all touch on themes of rain and water.

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