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Monday, 3 July 2017

THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem

Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

VISUAL OVER VERBAL
THOUGH WORDS ARE USED
those who come as pilgrims
take away a visual Snapchat/Instagram
Murals are defaced here/as the competition
for eyes and attention becomes New York.
Cameras click @hidden he/arts
Alleyways dedicated,spark interest
between and among the squares and rectangles
Of course-tagging and paintovers
Of course,graffiti and vandals
Original murals need be preserved
and (if damaged or derelict)re -painted
preferably by the ones who created them
HI HOW ARE YOU? i love you so much!
WELCOME TO THE SINGING WALLS OF AUSTIN!

Take our tour to discover some of Austin’s lesser-known murals

From wasabi to an awesome raccoon, the city is packed with walls of art.


Highlights

Most locals already know about the “I Love You So Much” and “Hi, How Are You” murals.
Murals have popped up on buildings all around the city.
Among our favorites? Santa Elena Canyon, a tea cup and sweetener and ‘Puppy Love.’
Ramble through Austin by bicycle and you’ll discover a mural around nearly every corner.
Most locals already know about the “I Love You So Much” art on the side of Jo’s Coffee at 1300 S. Congress St. and the “Hi, How Are You” piece featuring a bug-eyed bullfrog at Guadalupe and 21st streets. Maybe you’ve seen the “Greetings From Austin” vintage postcard-inspired wall art at 1720 S. First St., or the wall-sized likenesses of Willie Nelson and Mr. Rogers on South Congress Avenue.

INTERACTIVE MAP: The best murals in Austin you don’t already know about
But do you know about the wasabi murals? Or the “You Are Awesome” raccoon? We couldn’t get to all of them — Austin’s ablaze with awe-inspiring street art — but we picked some of our favorites here. The best way to view them? On two wheels, of course. And fueled by breakfast tacos.
PHOTOS: Take a tour of Austin’s lesser-known murals

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