NYC Relaunches Subway Poetry in Motion Program
NYC Relaunches Subway Poetry in Motion Program moriza, flickr
Poetry has returned to New York City's mass transit system.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has relaunched its popular Poetry in Motion program.
The literary campaign that filled thousands of subway cars with famed verses ended in 2008.
The relaunch has a new component. Poems will be accompanied with artwork drawn from the transportation system's public-art installations. The Wall Street Journal says two poems, each with a different artwork, will be featured every quarter. They will be displayed in posters at eye level, rather than in the overhead advertising space, in about a quarter of the fleet. That's roughly 1,500 subway cars. In 2008, the program was replaced with Train of Thought, which excerpted works of prose. That program ended in 2010.