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Published September 30th 2020
Brighten up the rainy days with short poems

Making rainy days not so gloomy, short poems have temporarily been tagged onto pavements across the city to only reveal when it is raining. Yes, you read it right, these poems "magically" appear under your feet in the rain!

Organised by postgraduate students at the University of Adelaide, the poetry street festival Raining Poetry in Adelaide returns for its fourth year this year. The theme for 2020 is precarity, which literally means 'the state of having insecure employment or income'. All twenty poems address the conditions of the uncertain times in which we currently live, and the progressive fading of these poems just adds to the theme.

The poems were printed as stencils and then anonymously tagged using invisible hydrophobic paint. A competitive process selected fifteen out of the 200 poems submitted by local poets. The acclaimed Australian poet Jill Jones hand-selected the other five poems.

Next time you're in the city on a rainy day, brighten it up by going on a poem hunt. But, be quick, before they all fade away. You'll find the poems in various locations including North Terrace, Victoria Square and Hindmarsh Square. Here's a map, plotted by the Raining Poetry in Adelaide team, to assist with the hunt.

raining poetry map

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Why? Brighten up the rainy days with short poems
When: When raining (from 2 September 2020 until they all fade away)
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free
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