Move over Banksy there’s a new kid in town. Bristol’s streets are once again in the news, but this time it’s not Banksy, Inky or the other well known Stokes Croft street artists making the headlines. Another anonymous artist has been spotted at night with a ladder, correcting the bad grammar on street signs. And boy do we need him. Here’s my poetic tribute to the grammar vigilante.
Are you a grammar vigilante? See how many apostrophes you think need correcting in this poem and whether you could do the job of The Apostrophist…
At night when Bristols’ resident’s fell asleep
Banksy punctuated the urban street’s
with teddy’s throwing bomb’s at riot police
pearly ear’ed girl’s in Vermeer parody’s
gorilla’s in pink mask’s and placard rat’s
but then when he moved on to Dismaland
and his Wall’ed off Holy Land hotel
he opened up graffiti vacancy’s
for vigilante’s with dictionary’s
to scrub out green-grocer’s apostrophe’s
freeing locals’ from punctuation hell
Bristols’ greatest street art? Banksys graffiti?
Or The Apostrophists grammatical clarity?
perhaps’ well have to wait for time to tell
and for apostrophes to help us spell.