We Found Rhyming Salvation At The Poetry Foundation

Library of the Poetry Foundation, a building featured during the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago.

The library of the Poetry Foundation, featured during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago.

Note: The Poetry Foundation was one of 200 fascinating architectural specimens open for tours during the 2015 Open House Chicago presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. We thought a poem might help drive home the point, after walking through this classy joint.

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Over on Superior,

If you’re feeling inferior

Step inside 61 west,

And be our guest

 

Try out oration,

At the Poetry Foundation

The John Ronan design,

Will blow your mind

 

The style is modernist,

But with just a twist

There’s no need to squeal,

‘Cause the acoustics are ideal

 

It’s got layers of spaces,

And intimate places

This building of glass,

That’s full of class

 

From the outside looking in,

No, that’s not tin

Now don’t make a stink,

It’s a cladding of zinc

 

You can feel imaginary,

In the garden sanctuary

And a double-height library,

Big enough to lose a canary

 

It’s a bastion of tranquility,

And sustainability,

Now don’t be snide,

It’s LEED certified!

Bill Motchan

Author: Bill Motchan

Bill Motchan is a writer and photographer, and a former resident of the West Loop. He can be reached at bill@ChicagoArchitecture.org.

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