Ten Years Of Poetry in Motion
Poetry In Motion's Unique Masthead
For Poetry in Motions 10th anniversary, we introduced new artwork for the masthead that features segments of the ceramic mosaic mural by Jose Ortega, commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit in 1996.
- The murals title is Una Raza, Un Mundo, Universo (One Race, One World, One Universe)
- See the complete artwork at the 149th Street station.
- Find out more about MTA Arts for Transit at www.mta.info
When MTA New York City Transit planned the Poetry in Motion program, a unique masthead that featured mosaic tile art from a number of subway stations was created. This design appeared on all Poetry in Motion bus and subway cards for the first nine years of the program.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers underwrites printing costs for the program, and poetry readings at their stores promote the Poetry in Motion program and its two volumes of poems. We thank Barnes & Noble for its generous support.
Poetry in Motion has won awards that include:
- The New York Press Clubs "Heart of New York Award" 1994
- The Municipal Art Societys Certificate of Merit 1994 (Awarded jointly to Poetry in Motion and Arts for Transit)
- A proclamation from the Council of the City of New York that honored Poetry in Motion for its "invaluable contribution to the people of New York City" 2000
Free Poetry in Motion posters available
Poetry Society of America
Attn: Poetry In Motion© Director
15 Gramercy Park
New York, NY 10003
- Requests must be from schools, libraries and non-profit organizations
- Put requests in writing on organization letterhead and send to the Poetry Society of America
- Limit of three posters per group
- Titles subject to availability
London's Poems on the Underground program began in subway cars in 1986. In 1992, New York City Transit followed London's lead and Poetry in Motion was born. Representatives from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Poetry Society of America collaborate on the selection of poems. A complete poem or excerpt by an established poet must be short enough to be readable on one of our subway or bus cards. The PSA secures rights to reprint the poems and arranges poetry readings to promote the program
The first four poems
Poetry in Motion debuted with: "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman, "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" by Emily Dickinson, "When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats, and "Let There Be New Flowering" by Lucille Clifton.
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