POESIE POP CORN-DECLE
Street poets are strange creatures. When I met Mauro, I only had a vague idea of what Street Poetry was. I didn’t know that there were flourishing communities of poets throughout Italy, that there were festivals and that they create poems that aren’t acted out but that are looked at and that can be carried out anywhere, always, unconditionally.
Street Poetry is a playful, explosive, coloured art born with the intention of bringing poetry back in neighbourhoods, to the people. It is a form of communication that mixes graphic attention with performance, poetic language with writing, in a kind of artistic syncretism on several levels.
Poesie Pop Corn (Pop Corn Poems), Mauro and Stefania’s project, aims to bring the vision of street poetry to even higher levels, managing to create a new genre: Social Network Poetry. The topic is ingrained in the use of modern social networks in the name of “poetically incorrect”: the verses become Whatsapp conversations, the rhetorical figures are extracts from Facebook posts, the images seem to have been subjected to Instagram filters and skip all the rules, all the standards of the written page, and enjoy an almost total freedom of expression, that can express itself on any support, wall, shutter or bench («now you are in me as you are in / my timeline /as long as I have a memory / I won’t put you in the trash»).
Every post is signed with the hashtag #PPC as a clear reference to Pay per Click, the purchase and payment mode for online advertising. Mauro and Stefania, who both work in communication, organised the third edition of the annual street poetry festival in Rome in 2015, together with the group “Poetri der Trullo”. Poesie Pop Corn brings poetry and art to areas that would otherwise not enjoy them. Each of their poems is a breath of fresh air to Rome’s outskirts.
The story has been written by Matteo Trevisani, writer.
Stefania and Mauro are singers of Social Street Poetry. In Rome, they have also promoted an international festival.