Words for Winter

Was that a snippet of poetry on that construction sign?

If you saw it on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis this week, it probably was! From Jan. 30 through Feb. 5, construction signs on Nicollet Mall between 12th and 5th street will feature short seasonal poems by 17 artists. They’re all part of Words for Winter, a temporary art installation brought to you by the creators of Northern Spark in partnership with The Minneapolis Foundation and the Downtown Council.

Words for Winter is part of The Great Northern, a collaborative winter festival launched to celebrate Minnesota’s unique offerings and further enhance the state’s reputation as a national destination for winter activity at its best.

Here’s a small sampling of the poems featured in Words for Winter. To read the rest, bundle up and head outside to Nicollet Mall!
 

BE
PREPARED
TO STOP.

WINTER
SHUTTERS.

WE MUST
HAVE A
MIND OF

IT.
TO LIVE
BENEATH

THIS SKY
TO LOVE
WITHIN

THESE
TIMES.
MUST

MAKE
FIRES
AND

GATHER
WITH
PEOPLE

UNDER
OUR
MOON,

ITS
UNPAID
LABOR.

OUR
BIRTHING
MISERY.

THE
WORLD
IS DEAD.

ON THE
OTHER
SIDE

WILL BE
SOME-
THING.

— Sarah Fox

Sarah Fox is the author of Because Why and The First Flag, both from Coffee House Press.

PROCEED
WITH
CAUTION:

PUERTO
RICAN
POETRY

UP AHEAD
/
NO TE

PREOCUPE
S:
PLATANOS

PERNIL
FLAN DE
PAPA Y
COQUITO

// NEXT
EXIT /

SLOW
DOWN

BROKE
DOWN
MISS

AMERICAS
ON YOUR
LEFT /

MERGE
WITH
ONCOMING

LATINA
MAGIC
CAREFUL:

ROADS
JITTERY
WHEN

UPSET

— Lara Mimosa Montes

Lara Mimosa Montes is the author of The Somnambulist (Horse Less Press, 2016).

Remember
the year
(1979)

when the
garage
caved in

under
all the
snow?

We were
trapped
for 51

days and
our tiny
mother

carved
a path
to the

corner
store
so we

could
have
milk.

The top
of the
world

was over
her head
and we

loved
the cold
Walls.

— Sarah Myers

Sarah Myers is a playwright from Chicago who teaches at Augsburg College.