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Mapping Alexandria in Poems and Pictures

Stewart Ave.

January 12, 2011

The sun went bowling here today.

It rolled from the snow-covered lot at one end of the street

past picket fences, barking dogs and bird feeders,

past bungalows and brick colonials,

past cigarette-smoking city workers and Nature’s Nibbles

and hit a strike at the avenue’s end,

scattering its rays through the windows

of Mt. Vernon Community School.

— Amy Young

MAPP your city! Alexandria City Poet Laureate Amy Young is calling all residents of Alexandria to submit poems and artwork to help MAPP (Mapping Alexandria in Poems and Pictures) Alexandria.

City residents are invited to send in poems and artwork about the streets they live on and use every day. These street “portraits” will be collected on the city’s website in the hope of creating an interactive map of Alexandria. There will be a reading of MAPP poems and a display of artwork at the Athenaeum on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. This will be the culminating event for National Poetry Month.

Residents should send their poems and artwork to poet@alexandriava.gov by April 19. Poetry and artwork will continue to be collected after this date for the city’s website. Residents are reminded that April 18 is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Let the city know how you plan to celebrate, by sending your ideas to the above email.