- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Poetry has hit the streets in Key West with the debut of local writers’ verses permanently embedded in downtown sidewalks for walkers to read.

The first two of 17 poems, chosen from more than 200 submissions, were unveiled Friday by the city’s Art in Public Places Board. They were inscribed into laser-cut forms and stamped into wet cement by city workers.

Both “sidewalk poems” recall Key West’s literary heritage. One lies outside Captain Tony’s Saloon, the former home of Ernest Hemingway’s 1930s hangout, Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

The other honors the late author/songwriter and island resident Shel Silverstein, who penned the best-selling children’s poetry book “Where the Sidewalk Ends.”


The remaining 15 poems are to be etched as the city pours new sidewalks or replaces damaged sections.

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Online: Key West Art in Public Places Board, http://www.artinpublicplaceskw.com