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Yolk Poetry, Time Out Market Montréal
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Want a poem written about you? Get yours from this live poetry session at Time Out Market Montréal

What's better than a poem? Admit it: It's when that poem is written about you.

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There's nothing quite like poetry; especially when that poetry is being written about you. Want someone to write something lovey-dovey for you, or maybe you'd like a poem penned as a gift for someone else? Maybe for your pets?

It's all fair game as of Friday, September 3 at Time Out Market Montréal: We've invited the Montreal-based arts and culture not-for-profit organization yolk to set up an English and French poetry pop-up for one day, and they'll be available to write a poem about a subject of your choice for fun, no strings attached (but you'll be welcome to buy a copy of their zine or a tote bag to support them).

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Equipped with four vintage typewriters, yolk’s team members will deliver personalized poems. All you need to do is introduce yourself, give them your name (or your subject's name) and tell them a thing or two about you. They’ll take care of the rest, slapping keys until the bell dings and you walk away with your very own, one-of-a-kind poem.

Check it out for yourself, we asked yolk to write poems about the Market:

Hand-Picked Scampi by Sean Lee

“My double-shot espresso
pressed through the netted grill
of a sound system’s subwoofer.

Sous-vide ceremony seared
tender in space.

Cured, cut, and served,
we dine on a city curated.”

Time Out Montreal by Sean Lee

“Steam lifts off the floor and enters me.
Vapours running off my plate
tell a story of food and drink.
I’ve heard stories of feasts
and stories of fasts
and hear, I read another.”

Curated Courts by Curtis McRae

“White-wigged, gavel-handed,
We’ve gathered in courts to pass judgement on a life.

Our curated courts now serve food
on plastic trays, as we sit, bow-legged,
and point at booths like a child’s finger
halting a spinning atlas globe,
picking the country we should like to taste.

At Time Out Market,
there is both food and paper to be eaten—
poetry served on plastic trays.”



Birds of a Feather by Josh Quirion

“A little birdie told me I ought to visit the Time Out Market.

And so, I did. When I arrived, the little birdie was there, too.

Served with mashed sweet potatoes and caramelized onions,

On a bed of wild rice. You can’t have your bird and eat it too.”

Come have a poem written about you in French or English on Friday, September 3 at any time between noon and 8 p.m. at Time Out Market Montréal.

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