Elizabeth Murray, Stream (2001) © the Murray-Holman Family Trust. 23rd St – Ely Ave Station. Commissioned by MTA Arts & Design.
Book Available at the New York Transit Museum Store:
Edited by Alice Quinn | Foreword by Billy Collins
“Poems once in motion… continue to move their readers. And what an imaginative variety of poetic delights is offered here.”—Billy Collins
Poetry in Motion features an eclectic mix of writers, from Sappho and Sylvia Plath to W. H. Auden, Rita Dove, Seamus Heaney, Nikki Giovanni, Patrick Phillips, and Aracelis Girmay. Each of the 100 poems gathered here has, in sixteen lines or less, the power to enliven the quotidian, provide nourishment for the soul, and enchant even the youngest among us.
In 2012, Poetry in Motion joined the portfolio of arts and cultural programs administered by MTA Arts & Design. The change in oversight heralded a new direction in graphic design featuring the dialogue between poetry and art, a lyrical logo, and a myriad of creative formats including the square subway car card, bookmarks, and MetroCards. 22 poems that reflect this collaborative approach and exciting new design are also featured in the book.
Exhibit On View at Our Grand Central Gallery Through October 28th:
Poetry in Motion at 25 celebrates the beloved program that has delighted subway and bus riders with its selection of short, stimulating verses from a variety of published poets since 1992 when it first displayed an excerpt from Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” With support from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Poetry in Motion program has presented more than 200 poems to millions of subway and bus riders, offering a moment of respite to commuters during their busy day. Since 2012, the program has been administered by MTA Arts & Design and the Poetry Society of America. The Museum’s exhibit at Grand Central Terminal features a broad range of the original Poetry in Motion car cards that have appeared in the New York City Transit system over the last twenty-five years.
Poetry in Motion at 25 Gallery Talk
Tuesday, September 25th, 2pm
New York Transit Museum, Grand Central Gallery Annex
Join Senior Curator and Deputy Director of Collections & Exhibitions Amy Hausmann for a tour of the Museum’s exhibit at Grand Central terminal, featuring a broad range of the original Poetry in Motion car cards that have appeared in the New York City Transit system over the last twenty-five years.
Pre-Registration is not required.Learn More
Poetry in Motion® is a registered trademark of MTA New York City Transit and the Poetry Society of America.