Poems in the Underground


The main goal of the “Poems in the Underground" campaign is to popularize contemporary poetry through showcasing it on the Kyiv underground and in urban spaces. It featured 30 poems written by 30 contemporary Polish poets ranging from such classics as Czesław Miłosz, Wisława Szymborska, Tadeusz Różewicz, Zbigniew Herbert, to talented youngsters such as Jacek Dehnel and Krzysztof Siwczyk.

The poems decorated subway cars and stations and the capital’s streets. Ostap Slyvynsky’s translations of poems by Czesław Miłosz were put on the walls of Dynamo Stadium and decorated a path in Mariyinsky Park, while poems by other Polish authors hung on the gate between Taras Shevchenko University and the Botanical Garden.

The "Poems in the Underground" campaign was initiated by the Book Institute in Warsaw and the British Council. The Warsaw campaign was inspired by similar projects in Dublin, Paris, New York, Barcelona, Stockholm, Stuttgart and Moscow, and above all Poems on the Underground, which has been regularly taking place in London since 1986.