Join us for our "CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF POETRY IN MOTION®" program at the NY Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn; 

by Alice Quinn, Billy Collins (Foreword)

“Poems once in motion…continue to move their readers. And what an imaginative variety of poetic delights is offered here.”?Billy Collins

It would have pleased Walt Whitman, that poet of urban motion, to envision his words coursing by electrified rail through a diverse, global city of 8 million souls. Since 1992, with the presentation of an excerpt from Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” the Poetry in Motion program?co-sponsored by MTA Arts & Design and the Poetry Society of America?has brought more than 200 poems, in whole or in part, before the eyes of millions of subway and bus riders, offering a moment of timelessness in the busy day. The poems are by an eclectic mix of writers, from Sappho and Sylvia Plath to W. H. Auden, Rita Dove, Seamus Heaney, Nikki Giovanni, Patrick Phillips, and Aracelis Girmay. Each of the 100 poems gathered here has, in sixteen lines or less, the power to enliven the quotidian, provide nourishment for the soul, and enchant even the youngest among us. 22 color illustrations.

 

Hardcover; 192 pages

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Join us for our "CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF POETRY IN MOTION®" program at the NY Transit Museum, Downtown Brooklyn; 

by Alice Quinn, Billy Collins (Foreword)

“Poems once in motion…continue to move their readers. And what an imaginative variety of poetic delights is offered here.”?Billy Collins

It would have pleased Walt Whitman, that poet of urban motion, to envision his words coursing by electrified rail through a diverse, global city of 8 million souls. Since 1992, with the presentation of an excerpt from Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” the Poetry in Motion program?co-sponsored by MTA Arts & Design and the Poetry Society of America?has brought more than 200 poems, in whole or in part, before the eyes of millions of subway and bus riders, offering a moment of timelessness in the busy day. The poems are by an eclectic mix of writers, from Sappho and Sylvia Plath to W. H. Auden, Rita Dove, Seamus Heaney, Nikki Giovanni, Patrick Phillips, and Aracelis Girmay. Each of the 100 poems gathered here has, in sixteen lines or less, the power to enliven the quotidian, provide nourishment for the soul, and enchant even the youngest among us. 22 color illustrations.

 

Hardcover; 192 pages

What's The Story

Initiated in 1985, the MTA Arts & Design collection of public art now encompasses more than 250 projects, creating a dynamic underground museum of contemporary art that spans the entire city and its immediate environs. Since the program was founded, a diverse group of artists including Elizabeth Murray, Faith Ringgold, Eric Fischl, Romare Bearden, Acconci Studio, and many others has created works in mosaic, terra-cotta, bronze, and glass for the stations of the New York City Subways and Buses, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road, and Bridges and Tunnels.

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