Poetry in Motion® has placed poetry to New York City's transit system for more than 25 years, starting with an excerpt from Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" in 1992 and growing to include more than 200 poems to be seen by millions of subway and bus riders every day. Each of the poems has, in sixteen lines or less, the power to enliven the quotidian, provide nourishment for the soul, and enchant even the youngest among us. Join the Poetry Society of America, MTA Arts & Design, and the New York Transit Museum to reflect on the last quarter-century and to celebrate The Best of Poetry in Motion, an anniversary anthology of 100 poems from the program.
The evening will include live music; archival photos; readings by featured poets Marilyn Nelson and Nathalie Handal; readings of poems from the anthology by poetry prize-winning Harlem Academy graduates Adonis Beckford, Essence Deras, and AJ Walker; and a conversation between Nelson, Handal, featured artists Philemona Williamson and Raúl Colón, moderated by Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, and Sandra Bloodworth, Director of MTA Arts & Design.
All audience members will receive a MetroCard with a Poetry in Motion® poem printed on the back. Those who purchase a copy of The Best of Poetry in Motion will receive a MetroCard signed by Marilyn Nelson featuring her poem "A Strange Beautiful Woman."
Co-Sponsored by MTA Arts & Design, the New York Transit Museum, and the Poetry Society of America
$10 / Free for Museum members
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Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201