You could say that the broadside is the literary equivalent of street art, but unlike its painterly cousin, the broadside doesn’t seem to have enjoyed so much recent popularity. I wonder why?
For anyone curious about literary broadsides, there’s a fascinating, in-depth overview by Kyle Schlesinger entitled, A Look At Some Contemporary Poetry Broadsides:
Like the leaflet, handbill, and pamphlet, the broadside is a form of street literature, a public work of art designed to be read outdoors, rather than in the library. Unlike the book, which can be perceived as a private, usually closed, one-on-one reading experience, the broadside is public, open, form of art that encourages a communal reading experience.