The 2020 Clearwater Poetry Made Concrete Winners Have Been Announced.
Congratulations To Our Local Poets!
The Winners Are:
A Traveler’s Prayer
On this sidewalk let there be
No timid strangers
No scowling faces
No hidden dangers.
On this sidewalk we share
This day so fine
This place in the world
This fragment of time.
Your steps are ordered,
You don't walk alone;
Your plan and purpose are Forward,
Unveiled one step at a time
Please have a slice,
Of everything in Clearwater that’s nice,
While walking on…
A poetic concrete paradise.
Talons & Tufts
A twig while its cypress trunk swings
At the breath of a gale come tumbling...
Of talons & tufts.
Of leaves & stumps.
Of whispering gusts...
I see—the struggle for a world at peace.
Living in a world
A crazy wonderful world
There is only love
As part of ongoing efforts to bring art and literature into the public realm, the city of Clearwater is transforming sidewalks into works of art by stamping selected poems into the concrete of newly constructed and repaired sidewalks throughout the city. This program builds upon the city’s existing commitment to repairing sidewalks. We hope that these poems will add moments of surprise and inspiration to an otherwise unassuming space.
Poems will be selected from submissions from the public and will be installed when and where construction permits. The aim of this program is to celebrate the voices of Clearwater residents. Those who live, work or go to school in the City of Clearwater are strongly encouraged to participate.
Poetry Made Concrete Application is currently closed.
The Selection Committee will accept poems from Clearwater residents, students and workers. Submissions must be the original work of the poet. The text and subject matter of the submission must be appropriate for all audiences, consistent with a limited public forum. Poems must be no longer than 8 lines including a title, with a maximum of 256 characters including spaces. The Committee will only consider two submissions per year from each person.
The poet retains all copyright in any work submitted for consideration; however, by entering this contest the poet grants a license to the City to freely use, print and reproduce the work, in whole or in part, for any non-commercial purpose. The City is not responsible for any third-party infringement of the artist’s copyright and is not responsible for protecting the intellectual property rights of the artist. By submitting a poem, the poet agrees to the terms and conditions of these guidelines.
Once installed, the City reserves the right to perform routine maintenance. The City may remove or modify the sidewalk poetry panel at any time without notification to the poet in order to accommodate routine or required maintenance of the sidewalk. The City does not guarantee that the sidewalk poetry panel will remain free from damage caused by normal wear and tear, vandalism, and other sources.
1. Why are there poems in our City sidewalk?
Answer: As part of sidewalk reconstruction, the City of Clearwater has reproduced poetry on certain public sidewalks. These poems are written by Clearwater residents and selected through an annual poetry contest.
2. What is the process for selecting a location to stamp a poem?
Answer: As sidewalk panels are being marked for replacement, city staff will select locations that are typically single or two panel replacements. Longer lengths are usually not considered for sidewalk poetry. Locations are selected at the discretion of city staff from the sites that are scheduled for sidewalk construction.
3. Do I get any prior notice before any work is done?
Answer: The city of Clearwater mails out notices to all the properties in the block where sidewalk work will be performed. The notice will also have an insert explaining the poetry and its process.
4. I would like a poem in front of my home. Can I get one?
Answer: At this time, we are unable to accommodate requests for poems at specific properties. Locations are selected from sites that are scheduled for sidewalk construction.
5. Can I choose which poem might be placed in front of my property?
Answer: You may inquire as to which poem has been selected. We will try to accommodate requests for specific poems. There are, however, other considerations including not repeating poems within close proximity.
6. I am not interested in having a poem in front of my house. What do I do?
Answer: We will not place a poem in front of your house if you do not want one as long as we receive your notification before the sidewalk removal process begins. You should contact the city of Clearwater’s Neighborhoods Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any issues.
7. There isn’t any sidewalk reconstruction scheduled on my block, or there is sidewalk work, but it’s related to utilities or street construction. Is it possible to get a sidewalk poem?
Answer: At this time sidewalk poetry installation only occurs with the sidewalk reconstruction program, not street construction or utilities. We cannot install poems outside of sidewalk reconstruction.
8. How long will these poems last?
Answer: Poems should last as long as the sidewalk does not develop any damage or defects that would require its replacement. Poems may not be replaced if sidewalk reconstruction occurs.