A Place for Poetry: Inspired by the de Young

A collection of poems inspired by the de Young museum’s art and architecture for World Poetry Day with The Last Hoisan Poets & Friends, presented by The Last Hoisan Poets on Saturday, March 25, 2023.

Welcome to your museum — a place for poetry.

Practiced throughout history — in every culture and on every continent — poetry speaks to our common humanity and shared values. It builds bridges that bring people together. The simplest of poems can be a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.

De Young Museum (Public Space)

Time flows by Genny Lim, written in response to Drawn Stone by Andy Goldsworthy.

Welcoming by Flo Oy Wong, written in response to the Marcus Garden of Enchantment, landscape design by Hood Design Studio.

Ode by Nellie Wong, written in response to M.H. de Young Museum, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, Fong & Chan Architects, principal architect

One Eye – a open community poem, inspired by the sculpture of Ruth Asawa


A Song for Nezahualtcoytl by Genny Lim

Chukchi Woman by Genny Lim

Changing Woman by Genny Lim

Gallery 5 (Contemporary ART)


These Glassy Fruit Are On View by Alaina Gupta & Flo Oy Wong

Gallery 17 (MODERN ART)

separated from her companions, a wild duck flies alone by Nellie Wong

No One, Nothing, Yes, You by Nellie Wong

steaming splashing hot by Flo Oy Wong

Lhola Amira: Facing The Future

We All Come from Water by Genny Lim

Kehinde Wiley: An Archeology of Silence

Premonition by Genny Lim

Soldier of Fortune by Genny Lim

No Sleep by Genny Lim

Morpheus: (Go to Sleep) Dream by The Last Hoisan Poets

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