Mr. Portable Remington on Checkers. Photo: Clarence White
Perfect space to type a love poem. Photo: Clarence White
In Green Line Poet, a typewriter poet/artist will transform an installment at the 2017 Northern Spark Festival into an on-the-spot-poetry creation studio complete with vintage typewriters and paper. The poet will create poems and letters exploring the sights, sounds, smells, and stories of the night and historic Rondo and Little Mekong districts. The event will conclude with selected poems being read during the festival and shared on social media.
Visitors and artists sit in a “session” with the artist who will listen with ears, notepads and a manual typewriter. Visitors will be asked to respond to their surroundings–provide their experience of their intellectual and emotional response to places, exhibits, interactions with installments, interactions or impressions of people, both with whom they traveled to Northern Spark and those who they have encountered on the way– or the entire Northern Spark experience.
Clarence White is a writer, editor, curator and performance artist. He is an editor, contributor and publicist with the Saint Paul Almanac. His work has appeared several places including the anthology Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota. He lives in Saint Paul.