Poetry in Motion

New York


Mary Ruefle
A poster featuring art by Francesco Simeti depicts an imagined nature scene of colorful flora. Beside the artwork is a poem titled Voyager, written by Mary Ruefle.


I have become an orchid
washed in on the salt white beach.
what can I make of it now
that might please you—
this life, already wasted
and still strewn with

From Memling's Veil © 1982 by Mary Ruefle. Reprinted with permission of the author.
Francesco Simeti, Bensonhurt Gardens (2012), NYCT 18 Avenue.
Commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit and Urban Design.