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2018 Sidewalk Poetry Program Selections

Five new poems will be stamped throughout the city

Post Date:03/16/2018

The 2018 class of sidewalk poetry program selections are dominated by youth this year. Two sixth grade students and two high school students join one adult in having poems stamped in sidewalks throughout the city this year. 

The five poems will be stamped later this summer as part of our annual sidewalk repair program. Select sections of sidewalks that are in need of replacement will be stamped with one of this year's selected poems. This year's class includes two poems from Appleton East High School students, one from a 6th grade student at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System, a 6th grade student at Appleton Area School District's Jefferson Elementary School and an adult poem.
The poets are invited to read their poems at the March 21 Common Council meeting at City Hall at 7 p.m. Congratulations to the selected poets and our thanks to the more than 200 people who submitted a poem for the program this year! 

Kristina Popovic - Appleton East High School, 12th grade/Alexis Schneider - Appleton East High School, 12th grade
With each footstep
it is bound to show
what lay between the cracks
is a chance for things to grow

Adam Earle - St. Francis Xavier Middle School, 6th grade
God is not afraid of death,
and neither should be I,
for the worst part of life is not death but watching another die

Yadira Delarosa - Jefferson Elementary School, 6th grade
With my familia
laughing, fighting, living love
This is all we need

Hailey Morschauser - Appleton East High School, 11th grade
I pin my wings to pages
and with every broken word
my mouth is tasting colors,
I remember what I heard,
the sounds of wings on paper
brushing rough against dry cotton,
and the forgiving rays of kindness
in light almost forgotten

Ryan Erdmann - Adult
Grow things
Grow things and find me there
Spirit moves in spring's new air
The tiny seed, the sprout, the tree
That holy love you found in me
So dig my friend in fertile ground
For spring is here and I am found
You can find a list of the past poems that have been stamped as part of our program, as well as a map of the locations on our Public Works page

Appleton Communications Coordinator Chad Doran can be reached at (920) 832-5814 or

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