Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast: 120 Poems from the Subways and Buses

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An all-new worthy successor to the immensely popular anthology of display placards in public transportation.
Originated in 1992 in New York City, the Poetry in Motion™ program traveled to Chicago and now appears in eleven cities nationwide, from Baltimore to Houston; Portland, Oregon; and Los Angeles. The wonderfully diverse poets represented include Sherman Alexie, William Blake, Billy Collins, Sharon Olds, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, and Joy Harjo, among many others. Read ...

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Overview

An all-new worthy successor to the immensely popular anthology of display placards in public transportation.
Originated in 1992 in New York City, the Poetry in Motion™ program traveled to Chicago and now appears in eleven cities nationwide, from Baltimore to Houston; Portland, Oregon; and Los Angeles. The wonderfully diverse poets represented include Sherman Alexie, William Blake, Billy Collins, Sharon Olds, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, and Joy Harjo, among many others. Read this volume and re-create the feeling of being captured unexpectedly—for a special moment—by the truth or wit of these brief poems. As in the previous edition, the editors spent countless hours selecting out of hundreds of possibilities from the varied voices of poets ranging from the ancients up to the present time. Elise Paschen introduces the collection; William Louis-Dreyfus contributes its preface. Poetry in Motion™ is in these cities: New York; Washington, D.C.; Pioneer Valley, Massachusetts; Portland, Oregon; Chicago; Dallas; Los Angeles; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Philadelphia; Iowa City; Des Moines.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Seen on the racks above the other riders' heads for the last 10 years, the excerpts and full short poems of the Poetry Society of America's Poetry in Motion program inject verse into the lives of 13 million public transportation riders (and L.A. drivers) a day. Edited by the PSA's Elisa Paschen and Brett Fletcher Lauer, Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast complements Poetry in Motion, which published the first 100 poems from the New York program. It includes 120 poems that appeared in 12 cities by poets living and dead, with some poems as short and incisive as N. Scott Momaday's "The Gift": "Older, more generous,/ We give each other hope./ The gift is ominous:/Enough praise, enough rope."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393323764
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brett Fletcher Lauer, director of the Poetry Society of America Poetry in Motion™ program, lives in New York City.

Elise Paschen, executive director of the Poetry Society of America (1988-2001) and co-founder of Poetry in Motion™, lives in Chicago.

Elise Paschen, executive director of the Poetry Society of America (1988-2001) and co-founder of Poetry in Motion™, lives in Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
from Emergence 3
Naming the Animals 4
Ceres Looks at the Morning 6
The Sonogram 7
Blackberries 8
First Early Mornings Together 9
from Art: African-American Woman Guild, or The Spider Explains Her Art to the Blind 10
Sonnet XXIX 12
Red Rooster, Yellow Sky 13
Beautiful Days 14
from Sympathy 15
False Spring 16
from Eruption: Pu'u O'o 17
from Foreign Exchange 18
Espresso 19
Peaches 21
Walking to School, 1964 22
Lilac Time 24
from The World Is Round 25
Riddle 26
A Tin Roof Song 27
from The Choice 29
from Avalanche 30
Days of Our Years 31
At Noon 32
El Chicle 33
I Ask My Mother to Sing 35
The Cure 37
A Poem for Jesse 39
from Praise the Tortilla, Praise Menudo, Praise Chorizo 40
Wrong Side of the River 41
Ventanas Pintadas/Painted Windows 42
Cow Worship 44
The Loon on Oak-Head Pond 45
The Eagle 46
from A Chorus of Horizontals 47
from Of Pairs 48
Keeping Things Whole 49
Milkweed 51
The Bears 52
from Poppies 54
In Between 55
The Tree House 56
On the Patio, Dallas 57
from Untitled 59
from Brotherly Love 60
We Real Cool 61
I Finally Managed to Speak to Her 62
from My Grandmother's New York Apartment 63
Hanging the Wash 64
Instruction 66
Lineage 68
The Courage of Women 69
The Hands 70
Open House 71
Too Much Heat, Too Much Work 72
The Potter's Wheel 73
from Mending Wall 75
from Heavy Tells a Story 76
The Mill Back Home 77
Confusion 78
from Auburn 79
Epigram V, xxxvi 81
The Door 82
The Grade-School Angels 83
from Daily Horoscope 84
The Whistle 85
Whose side are you on? 86
Hunger 87
from Men at Forty 88
from Commuter Marriage 89
Sonnet 90
Paper Matches 91
from Fences 92
from Crazy Horse Speaks 93
Communicacion/Communication 94
Love Like Salt 96
from Misgivings 98
from Happy Family 99
Primitive 101
Harmonie du Soir 103
Sent on a Sheet of Paper with a Heart Shape Cut Out of the Middle of It 104
Scaffolding 105
Delight in Disorder 106
Separation 107
from Those Who Come After 108
Hysteria 110
The Gift 111
Tides 112
The Ideal 113
This Is Just to Say 114
from Little L. A. Villanelle 115
Tower Suite 116
The Taxi 117
from The Starlight Night 118
from Fireflies 119
from In Spite of Everything, the Stars 120
from The Heavy Light of Shifting Stars 121
The moonless night 122
from In February 124
White Towels 126
The Good Old Dog 127
from Rumors 129
Quies, or Rest 130
Lullaby for a Daughter 131
0[degree] 132
I Know 133
Exile 135
from Let Me Think 136
Meeting at Night 137
Water Can Only Wrap Me, but Life Must Hold Me 138
from Variation on the Word Sleep 140
Sonnet XVII 141
from Watch Repair 143
The Poem 145
Say Uncle 146
The Well Dressed Man with a Beard 147
from The Tyger 149
from They Feed They Lion 150
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer 151
Acknowledgments 153
About the Editors 159
Permissions 161
Index of Poets and Translators 171
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