That last idea was hatched by Billy Collins when he was U.S. Poet Laureate. He created "Poetry 180: a poem a day for American high schools." On the web site he explains, "Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. I have selected the poems you will find here with high school students in mind. They are intended to be listened to, and I suggest that all members of the school community be included as readers. A great time for the readings would be following the end of daily announcements over the public address system."
Here's an excerpt from "Pinwheels of Memory," a story about public art in last Friday's Marshall Independent:
"Barb Hawes is a guerilla artist, and on Friday morning after weeks of careful preparation she led a guerilla raid on the green traffic island across from Liberty Park in Marshall. A group of seven local artists created 77 pinwheels using a variety of media, planted them in the grass, and chalked the text of the e.e. cummings poem "i carry your heart," on the sidewalk in front of it.
"Barb asked people to paint pinwheels and she set them out this morning," watercolor artist Jane Balch said. "She was waiting for a beautiful day."
And here's a Marshall Independent blog by Elaine Zarzana in response to the Pinwheel Project : "i carry your heart."
What do you think of guerilla art? Public art projects?