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Tallinn launches capital-wide poetry trail | New

The Tallinn Poetry Trail was compiled by young poets Elisabeth Heinsalu and Reijo Roos in cooperation with the city of Tallinn.

Roos said the poems make people stop dead and pay attention.

“The lines of poetry relate to specially chosen places, and among the authors, in addition to many new creators, there are also familiar names from Maarja Kangro to Tõnu Õnnepalu,” he said.

For example, the lines from Õnnepalu were chosen to describe Tallinn’s highest peak, the Oleviste Church: “And still higher is the light / and the churches stretch out their crosses / for the light to embrace them.”

While Carolina Pihelga’s haiku is in Mustamäe’s Männi Park: “This is our / local mustamäe / Garden of Eden.”

And Timo Maran’s lines are located on the Lindakivi Bridge: “A good companion (here in the stone house of prayer) is our restless/thousand-eyed city.”

Kati Ots, curator of urban art in Tallinn, said creating a friendlier city and a more accessible culture is part of Tallinn’s long-term development strategy.

Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, Kaarel Oja, said: “There is room in Tallinn for bigger and smaller street art projects, and any such business that brings ‘color’ to the urban space is worth it.”

The poetic trail map is available online here.

The trail was also funded by all Tallinn district governments, the Estonian Cultural Foundation, Grano Printing House and the Estonian Artists Association.

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