While we practice social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19, we’ve partnered with poet Alex Caldiero to share a series of poems and drawings from his book Poetry is Wanted Here—a collection written in response to the 9/11 attack. Such writing feels fitting and current all the more now as we share and seek ways to heal, bounded by separate walls, in this collective trauma. For us we hope it will be a source of comfort and will help put words and clarity to all that we are experiencing together.

We’ll be sharing Caldiero’s poems on Fridays on our social media over the next few weeks. And if you happen to be driving down West Temple, you can see one of Caldiero’s poems installed on banners in front of the museum.

Alex Caldiero is a poet, artist, sonosopher, and scholar. Born in Sicily, raised in Brooklyn, Caldiero is one of the most distinguished poets of our time. Well known for his performance works that blend music, dance, sounds, and art, he is listed in the famed Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes and Text-Sound Texts and was one of the first artists to show in what was then our new building in 1979.

In 2021, for our 90th anniversary year, UMOCA is excited to announce a forthcoming retrospective exhibition of his work—the first museum to do so.