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Poetry in the Windows

Poetry in the Windows is a Placekeeping project that is part of Pangea World Theater's Lake Street Arts!- Circling program. Twenty-one poems are installed by Pangea in the windows or boarded up windows of businesses along Lake Street from Bde Maka Ska to the Mississippi.


This project connects poets, independent businesses, and the public together in mutual support.  The Poems will will stay up through the December 31, 2021. Check out the list of locations and all the poets below. 


Meet our amazing Guest Curators and POETS!  Click on pictures for bios and see the full list of locations for each poem. Please support the independent businesses and check out the poems!  


Bills Imported Food 721 W Lake St- Fatima Camara


Lake & Bryant Cafe  821 West Lake St- Arleta Little


La Mexicana 1522 East Lake S- Spanish Translation- Louis Alemayhu


Ingebretsen's Scandinavian Gifts 1601 E Lake St- Anthony Ceballos 


Pasteleria Gama 1703 E Lake St- Spanish Translation-Marcie Rendon


Taqueria El primo 2 at 1821 East Lake St- Spanish Translation- May Lee Yang

The Hub Bike Co-op 3016 Minnehaha Ave- Sagirah Shahid


Moon Palace Books 3032 Minnehaha Ave - Michael Kleber-Diggs, 

Tish Jones, Sha Cage, Louis Alemayehu, Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe


Gandhi Mahal’s Space  27th Ave & Lake- Anais Deal-Marquez , Angelica Bello, Youth Poem, Amoke Kubat


East Lake Library 2727 E Lake St- Youth Poem on back window by Children’s Section

Himalayan Restaurant 2910 E Lake St- May Lee Yang

Merlins Rest Pub 3601 E Lake St- Ed Bok Lee and Kevin Reese


Longfellow Market 3815 E Lake St- Rush Merchant, Marcie Rendon


Hymie's Vintage Records 3820 E Lake St- Venus DeMars


Milkweed Cafe- Clarence White

Corazon 4646 E Lake St- Rosetta "Rosie" Peters


Poetry is vital for sustaining us through such tender and dangerous times and is also a way to push conversations and ideas forward and back to ancient knowing.  Poetry invites us to reconnect with our humanity and the humanity of others. There is intimacy and breath in the moment of stopping on the sidewalk and reading a poem. It also invites the public to reconnect with many local businesses and organizations on Lake Street that have survived such a hard year. This project acknowledges the way poetry/art can make space/hold space for what is missing, stolen, not yet imagined and must be present as we rebuild both the physical infrastructure of Lake Street and the cultural, spiritual and societal infrastructure of our streets, our blocks, our cities, our country, our home.


  - Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe , Program Director for Lake Street Arts!- Circling and poet

“When I began to listen to poetry, it’s when I began to listen to the stones, and I began to listen to what the clouds had to say, and I began to listen to other. And I think, most importantly for all of us, then you begin to learn to listen to the soul, the soul of yourself in here, which is also the soul of everyone else.”


—Joy Harjo

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