Global Poetry System now has uploads in every continent, spanning 35 countries and in several different languages. Thank you to everyone who has uploaded, and for continuing to spread the word. Due to the incredible number of uploads there are now shiny new pins on the GPS map to indicate clusters of poems, with 242 uploads in London alone.
Sea shanties or graffiti, haikus or tattoos: whatever kinds of poems you’re interested in it’s now simple to find them on the GPS website. The sparkly new search function allows you to locate exactly what you’re looking for, or discover a poem about something completely random, like unicorns or mashed potato.
You’ll now also find a commenting box next to every GPS poem, so you can let the world know what you think about it. Which are your favourite poems, and why? Connect with other GPS users and give them feedback, as well as adding any inside info you might have about the uploads in your area.
In other news, participants ‘rewrote’ history in a Global Poetry System workshop last week. The local history section was raided at Twickenham Library, and text was transformed from the factual and formal into poetic flights of fancy, simply by rearranging the words.
The result was a range of unique hybrid poems inspired by the local area. You can view the poems on the GPS website.
Why not try the workshop yourself, and share your creations with the rest of the world? Here is a step by step guide on how it’s done:
1. Select a local history book that interests you
2.Open it at a random page
3.Photocopy the page, enlarging it to A3 size
4. Cut out the individual words or phrases
5. Rearrange and play around with the words or phrases, using as much or as little of the whole text as you wish
6. When you are happy with your poetic creation, stick the words down onto paper, writing in any extra words that you would like to include
7. Enjoy and share your poem
Global Poetry System is a user generated world map of poetry. Explore the map and upload poems here.