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Friday, January 22, 2010

Vote for TriMet's Poetry in Motion Poems

Posted by Alison Hallett on Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 1:48 PM

(I'M DOING A POETRY POST, SUCK IT STEVE.)

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Literary Arts just announced that they'll be adding thousands of new poems to TriMet buses in April, and there's a survey on their website where you can vote for the poems you'd like to see added. I find Poetry in Motion very conflicting because while I wholeheartedly agree with it in principle, in practice some of the poems drive me fucking nuts—I think because they seem selected for maximum pithiness, so even excerpts from great poems end up feeling trite and Hallmark card-y. So it's all about picking poems that seem least likely to induce bus-rage, even the 4695th time you read them.

Like "Palm Tree," by Jorge Carrera Andrade:

More than a tree, architecture
borne by sun and wind,
the palm is a column
of the sky's arched window.

That's pretty, and it'll be in Spanish, too—I'm voting a straight bilingual ticket. Take the survey here.

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