Kaia’s poem uses language drawn from surveillance files that police kept on activists in the 1970s and 1980s in Portland, Oregon. I wanted to bring these covert phrases back into the public utilizing the visual language of a protest sign, since Kaia’s chosen public place was the entire route of the 1978 Women’s Nightwatch Flashlight march, which wove throughout downtown Portland. I visited a central public park on the route of the march — at night, in reference to the nighttime march — and invited friends to hold the signs, but soon, strangers on the street began to join in.
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