In celebration of the Olympic Games, Poetry Parnassus (named after Mount Parnassus, the mythological Greek home to poetry), rained poems over the city of London on Tuesday, June 26th. In an attempt to move the celebration of the Olympics beyond sports to the arts, the poetry raining was sponsored by Cultural Olympiad. 100,000 poems were dropped via helicopter over the London Eye. In the 100,000 were poems from every nation participating in the Olympics. CNN has all the details, plus a great video of the surprised, and not so surprised, recipients of the poems.
Poetry Parnassus, as a larger event, is predicted to be one of the largest gatherings of international poets ever, with over 200 poets in attendance representing their respective countries. Granta asked six participating poets their thoughts on the event. The BBC reports on some of the poets that remain a little more elusive. PEN International also hosted a rally of events throughout the gathering, which you can read about here.