American Poetry is a previously unreleased body of work by photographer Brendon Burton, documenting roadside signage as works of art. Taken over the course of 5 years around the United States, this series is a study on Americana, media culture, and propaganda. These anonymous proclamations in the public space form a loose narrative on the current state of an ever-changing country.
All signs or statements featured in this series are unchanged from how they were presented, standing alone forming uncanny prose. Found dictation creates multiple possible interpretations. As is the case for a majority of the country, truth is stranger than fiction.
By exploring the lesser-seen areas of rural states, Burton brings to light the public narrative present in these communities. While occasionally bizarre or unsettling, they speak the truth about what it means to be heard in a polarized environment. Stripped of contextual nature most signs now appear as abstract poetry in vast landscapes. Be it advertisement, warning, or call to prayer, these statements or proclamations are poignant examples of the modern American experience.