Andy Brookes

Gold Star - 31,841 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
homogenisation.
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.
antidotes,
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


Comments about Leonardo's Street by Andy Brookes

  • Robert Murray Smith (10/30/2017 1:47:00 PM)


    Andy, this poem is a form of rebellion against urban renewal. It is what many feel. The last stanza heralds the rebellious spirits. A perceptive and important write. It is a pity that more poets on this site don't read more of your poems. This one is as good as as any that I have read. It made me think of what could happen and in fact has.10

    Robert
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 21, 2016



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