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Wanda Coleman
Untitled (Poets Walk)
1994


Project Area: CBD/South Park
Project: Grand Hope Park
Project Location: Between Grand & Hope and 9th and Olympic
Project Type: CRA Initiated

Description:

The words and images from Wanda Coleman’s poems are sandblasted and in-filled with paint on alternating beams of the pergolas. Coleman’s poems bear an optimistic and healing message for the city.

Many Songs One City
Red black brown yellow white, the colors of our hope
Together we build our city, paving our streets in stars

Psalms for the Angels
Desert man ocean woman mountain child river spirit wind
We live this land, plant our faith, harvest its wealth

Image of Inscribed Poem
 

Artist Profile

Considered one of the most prolific African-American poets of all time, Wanda Coleman told Contemporary Poets, “Others often use the word ‘uncompromising’ to describe my work.”  The poet has experimented with fiction, screenwriting, and even dance. Her first short story, “Watching the Sunset,” appeared in Negro Digest in 1970.  In 1977, a pamphlet-like chapbook of Coleman's poems was issued by Black Sparrow Press.  Coleman garnered national attention from her poetry publications Mad Dog Black Lady (1979) and Imagoes (1983).  She was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry.