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Concrete Poetry in bpNichol Lane

Having never lived in the Annex area, and never studied at U of T, it's not surprising that until recently I hadn't stumbled upon the concrete poetry of famed late Canadian poet bpNichol carved in the pavement along bpNichol Lane.

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Were it not for the rain that filled the grooves in the letters etched in the wet pavement, the big green [murmur] ear in the window at Coach House Books, and a mobile phone in hand, I probably would have never quite understood exactly where I was standing. Nor would I have noticed the playful modification of the no-parking sign overhead.

bpnichol lane toronto

Although all of the [murmur] stories are available online, I think the most genuine enjoyment of the [murmur] project comes from being on location and listening to the stories with visual context. I'm going to have to train myself to keep a better eye out for the green ears signs when I do the flâneur thing in the city.


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