Andy Brookes

Gold Star - 37,344 Points (11 May 1954 / Macclesfield)

Leonardo's Street - Poem by Andy Brookes

Old communities demolished.
leaving harsh implicated ruins.
vanished bricks and mortar,
leave lost sense of place.
the poor pushed to the rim.
denizens of the outer limits.
leaving memory gaps.

community ties die,
replaced by sweeping sterility
creating corporate vernacular,
concrete and glass.
vertical landscapes
remodeling the urban jungle.

rebels garnish walls
with garish graffiti,
writ large
from Michelangelo's spray can,
letting colours bleed.

these outsiders,
night riders.
write rebellious tags.
against barbarous bastions of big business'
muscular brutality.

a new art against the cities brutality
creating new traditions
cryptic messages
for the modern age.
fresh communities coalesce.
replenishing the lost.

Topic(s) of this poem: art

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