saint paul sidewalk poetry.


In this occasional series, I’ll show you around where I live, work, play and swimbikerun – Minneapolis / Saint Paul, Minnesota. I promise it’s not winter all year!

In undergrad, I took a women’s lit course thinking it would focus on classic novels written by strong women. Instead, we only read poetry – and, because poetry’s not really my jam… well, it was a painful 15 weeks spent dissecting Emily Dickinson line-by-line. 

Fast forward to now… while I still find most poetry a bit meh, my 30-something self has gained a bit more appreciation for it – especially after literally running over a poem stamped on one of Saint Paul’s sidewalks (my English degree, on the other hand… #whatwasithinking?). 

The sidewalk poetry is part of Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk, a collaboration between Public Art Saint Paul and the city of Saint Paul to include sidewalk poetry in the city’s annual sidewalk maintenance program. Poems are written by Saint Paul residents and are selected via an annual poetry contest. More than 700 poems currently dot sidewalks across the city. 

Here are a few gems I’ve found while running Saint Paul sidewalks, with the first on balance my favorite ♥














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  • Reply Amy 04/12/2016 at 9:55 am

    English degree here too *raises hand* it was fun at the time, but I have no idea what I was thinking for a future. I’m hoping that it greases the wheels when I start looking for a job in my kid’s school when I’m done being a stay-at-hom mom.

    • Reply erin 04/12/2016 at 9:46 pm

      Right?! Same boat. Onward, though, right?! I definitely think it will help – though know your current job is the most important one. So awesome you’re able to be stay home with them!

  • Reply runningprincess78 04/12/2016 at 3:11 pm

    I’m another English graduate! Poetry was never really my thin either, but I do live this idea. Maybe I should suggest it for my city!

    • Reply runningprincess78 04/12/2016 at 3:12 pm

      And embarrassingly, typing this on my phone has made me look like I can’t spell!

    • Reply erin 04/12/2016 at 9:47 pm

      Gotta love autocorrect! 😉 Yes, definitely suggest in your city!

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