Phantom billstickers do Poetry

ChristchurchpoetryYou may have spotted a splurge of poetry about town – it’s the Phantom Billstickers Poem Posters 2009. The New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre reports:

An initiative by poster company Phantom Billstickers puts poems by New Zealand and American poets on the streets as A1 posters. The first four posters were launched in Auckland 2 June by Tusiata Avia, James Milne (aka Lawrence Arabia) and Michele Leggott … The posters will go up in 13 New Zealand cities and in Nashville, Tennessee, where the company is also active. The poems will change monthly and the project will run for six months.

Phantom is also presenting “Poetry on the occasion of Janet Frame’s birthday” at Al’s Bar, 31 Dundas Street, Christchurch on Friday 28 August at 5.30pm. There’ll be refreshments and entry is free.

See the Phantom Billstickers site to find out more about this business that has been keeping citizens informed since 1982 – as musician and writer Bill Direen says: “No people is without art. Phantom Billstickers tell people about it”.

4 thoughts on “Phantom billstickers do Poetry

  1. mj 26 August 2009 / 11:08 am

    What a wicked initiative!

    And cool that Phantom also has a presence in Nashville – random but cool.

  2. Cheryl Bernstein 26 August 2009 / 11:55 am

    The history of Phantom Billstickers represents the history of popular culture in NZ over the past 30 years or so. They’re massively important in the development of NZ’s cultural identity. How great to see that they’re now supporting NZ poetry and bringing it to the streets: I think this project might also reveal the increasing popularity of poetry as part of our contemporary culture. Hope Creative NZ has supported this terrific initiative.

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