The Metro and Poetry in Motion

Nov 01, 2009 by Lisa Newton

Poetry in Motion® is a program that was developed by the Poetry Society of America and the MTA New York City Transit in 1992 to make bus and subway riding a more pleasurable and enlightening experience.

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Inspired by a similar program in the London Underground, the program places poem-placards in the spaces usually reserved for advertisements in subway cars and buses. Since its founding 10 years ago, the program has expanded to 14 cities across the country, reaching 13 million people daily.

In case you may not have noticed, the Los Angeles Metro system has many poems and placards in its busses, trains, and railcars with poems selected from the Poetry Society of America’s committee.

In fact, in April 2009, live poetry readings took place at Union Station. With any luck at all, a similar program will take place next year.

The Poetry Society of America provides an awesome array of resources for all things poetry related and they’re nothing short of amazing. For instance, their resource page for links and sources for Poetry Journals, Poetry Publishers & Small Presses, Literary Organizations, Independent Bookstores, Poetry Colonies, Conferences & Festivals, Contests, Creative Writing Programs, and Children’s Poetry organizations are all diligently organized, and easily accessed at their website.

Also, be sure to check out their comprehensive Article and Feature News story section as they have indexed many of the major projects and happenings across the nation.

To be sure, riding the Metro is environmentally conscious, budget friendly, and allows you time to work and enjoy your surroundings during your ride. But now you also know that you can read great poems at the same time also.

So the choice is yours:

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Bury your head in the abyss of ignorance, or get happy and check out a few poems on your local Metro bus.

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4 Responses to “The Metro and Poetry in Motion”

  1. Rosemary says:

    I love these posters! I’m always so happy when I come across a new one on my commutes.
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @Rosemary, They do make a day a little more interesting. :)


  2. Mona Miller says:

    I really hope that the poetry placards will be part of the upcoming Hollywood Fringe Festival (June 17-27, 2010). I think they are trying to have some local trolleys or trams ferry people around during the festival, and having poetry on them would be great. Please check out the Hollywood Fringe Festival.


    Lisa Newton Reply:

    @Mona Miller, Thanks for the heads up, Mona. I just joined their facebook group so I could keep up to date on the happening.


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