07.11.12

New York poet builds interactive map of centuries-old haikus.

If you dream of walking across the words of a poem as you read them, building maps of metaphor that you play in your head, see how New York poet Jon Cotner willled this into realtiy with the work of a Japanese master of the haiku. 

We’re Floating is a new interactive walk designed by artist and poet Jon Cotner. Each hour he leads dialogues with participants as they stroll through Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. The work of Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō is mapped onto the landscape and put into play, bringing everyone closer to this floating world.

Jon Cotner is an artist and poet. He revives the ancient, endangered practices of walking and talking. His interactive walks combine dialogue, observation, and movement for the sake of worldly encounter. Recent projects have been celebrated by BookforumGoodThe New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal. He is coauthor of Ten Walks/Two Talks, and teaches at Pratt Institute.

The map unfolds this Saturday July 14 at the Poets House in Battery Park City, NY, NY.