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Matt Tompkins
Poet
The inspiration for this haiku was Syracuse’s faded industrial past and the ways in which its physical remnants—the brick-and-mortar husks of its factories and foundries and warehouses—remain as fertile ground for the city’s current artistic and cultural flourishing. From the university’s arts and literary programs, to the Everson, to ArtRage, to the Redhouse and the Landmark, to the individual studio spaces of working artists, to the Poster Project itself, the city’s creative shoots and artistic climbing vines—its present and artistic handwork and heart work—are rooted in and wrapped around the vestiges of its historic manufacturing body.

The old cicada
shells of factories lay strewn
with bright new flowers.

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