Mexican Poet Brings 'Poetic Graffiti' to Public Spaces in a Movement Called 'Acción Poética'

The Acción Poética or Poetic Action movement consists of painting the walls in cities with fragments of poetry. Usually, the quotes are short literary fragments, love verses, songs, or optimistic phrases painted with a white background and black letters and a signature Acción Poética on the bottom corner.

The creations originated in Monterrey, Mexico but can now be appreciated in walls of over 200 Mexican cities, and in over 20 years the movement has crossed borders to 34 countries in Latin America as well as in Spain and Italy.

In an interview, Mexican poet and founder of the Poetic Action project, Armando Alanís Pulido, told La Jornada Aguascalientes, "Writing poetry in a country like ours, in a context like ours is, in short, an act of love, of human rebellion, that seeks to disrupt the laws of violence that lord over us, is to realize that the word, art, literature, are our best weapons to dismantle this cycle of pain, of violence, of suffering that has dominated us for 12 years." 

Youtube Screenshot from @Revista Leemas de Gandhi

Pulido likes to say, "sin poesía no hay ciudad," without poetry there is no city, he aims to provoke thought and promote literature. He told NTR Zacatecas that Poetic Action was possible thanks to the joint effort of the state government and Simitrio Quezada Martínez, state coordinator of Libraries, for "helping people understand that, in addition to the recovery of reading, there are public spaces, so that there is a sense of community and crime can be prevented." 

You might have come across these "poetic graffiti" pictures scrolling through Tumblr. Here are some of our favorite poetic walls.

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