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Collaborative Poetry Project Celebrates Beauty and Resilience of Queens

Queensbound Poetry Project Reading in 2018 (Dawn Siff/ Queensbound)

April 24, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Dozens of poets have put together an illustration of the beauty and resilience of Queens with an interactive recorded poetry project.

Queensbound, founded in 2018 by writer KC Trommer, collects poems about the borough — from Long Island City to Jamaica — and embeds audio recordings of each at stations along an illustrated subway map online.

The latest installment includes all poems from the 2018 edition, as well as new ones written this year, on a designated website.

Viewers can click on a Queens station stop along the subway map to hear a different poem.

Queensbound featured poems about Astoria, Corona, Elmhurst, Flushing, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, LeFrak City, Long Island City, Rego Park, Ridgewood, Sunnyside and Woodside.

The project’s goal is to have a poem about each neighborhood in Queens — about 120 stops in all.

New poems added this year include MA Dennis’ “ATCQ (A Tribe Called Queens)“, Nadia Q. Ahmad’s “Stretching Strength“, Kimiko Hahn’s “Ode to the F” and Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond’s “Packed.”

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Gerry

Gentrification in full swing.10 years ago they wouldn’t have known where Queens was.

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I want to participate!

Sunnyside, Sunnyside,
With shelters and knives.
Sunnyside, Sunnyside,
Once vibrant, now crime.

Your 7 train don’t work
You’ll be late at work
You pay rent on time,
And beg for insurance.

You once had stores,
Now empty “for rent” fronts,
We are here stuck
The middle worker’s luck

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