Poetry in Motion

New York

Hermandad / Brotherhood

Octavio Paz
A black horizontal poster with a colorful mosaic at the top features a poem titled Hermandad, by Octavio Paz in red text. On the right side, the poem has been translated from Spanish to English and is titled, Brotherhood.

Homenaje a Claudio Ptolomeo

Soy hombre: duro poco
y es enorme la noche.
Pero miro hacia arriba:
las estrellas escriben.
Sin entender comprendo:
también soy escritura
y en este mismo instante
alguien me deletrea.

Homage to Claudius Ptolemy 

I am a man: little do I last
and the night is enormous.
But I look up:
the stars write.
Unknowing I understand:
I too am written,
and at this very moment
someone spells me out.

MTA New York Transit authority in cooperation with the Poetry Society of America.