Borracce di Poesia

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Borracce di Poesia

The emotiveness of rhyming poetry and the challenges of urban cycling may not appear at first to go hand in hand. Yet connecting the two is exactly what Italian poet Alessandro Ricci is doing in his project Borracce di poesia. ‘Water bottles of poetry’ is inspired by the idea of a bicycle water bottle that contains poetry rather than liquid. And like a swig of much needed water on a bike ride, this poetry ‘refreshes the urban cyclist’s perspective of their daily cycle.’

In the last six years, the project has toured a number of conferences and festivals around Italy. Public readings are particularly engaging; audience members select water bottles and read aloud the poems that are enclosed. Over 300 poems have also been printed on bicycle racks in Pescara, Italy. Since 2012, the project has also raised money to build wells in Kenya, as well supporting individuals’ endeavours, including a Spanish couple’s tour of the Mediterranean coast by tandem. During this year’s Velo-City, Borracce di poesia won a Cycling Visionary Award.

English language versions are helping further spread these rhyming word, with readings at the Viennese Radkult Festival in 2013.