Campaign to Put the Poem Back in Waterloo Underpass
Early in October Time Out named Sue Hubbard’s poem at Waterloo, written when she was the Poetry Society’s Public Art Poet, and published in Ghost Station as one of the best things to look out for in London. It adorned the entire underpass.
The poem was commissioned by the Arts Council and the BFI from Sue Hubbard to make the experience of taking the underpass from Waterloo to the Imax Cinema a little less grim. It works brilliantly and is so appropriate to the subterranean setting. It takes up the whole length of the tunnel, and its both reason to linger and haunting enticement to return.
There’s no return now, as just a few weeks later and the poem has been painted over completely and is lost to visitors and the city!
Add your name to campaign to have it reinstalled as a key London feature and something to treasure. Simply sign a comment here, or join us on Facebook:
It was well worth seeing the words in situ, but given they’re gone, you can read the poem in full here: http://downlode.org/Etext/lostcity.html
One of the Poetry Society’s Poetry Places
30 Things we love about London — No. 22 is this poem
You can see a small part of the poem here: