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Poetry in Motion

In September 2017, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and State Poet Laureate Tina Cane launched “Poetry in Motion” for Rhode Island.  The project brings poetry to passengers and the public alike with poems, or excerpts of poems, posted on the digital display boards inside RIPTA buses.  The “Poetry in Motion” initiative started in 1992 as a collaboration between the Poetry Society of America and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City.  It not only creates a platform for well-known and emerging poets alike, but also offers the public a little respite from the commercial messages that populate our urban and suburban landscapes.  Poetry in Motion has appeared in more than 20 cities across the country.

Current Featured Poem:  Excerpt from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself:

I celebrate  myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

To read the full poem, click hereSong of Myself was first published in 1855 but was revised but Whitman throughout his life.

Click here to read more about Rhode Island Poet Laureate Tina Cane.

To explore further, visit the Poetry Society of America at: http://bit.ly/2vHlDxM.  You can also sign up to receive a poem a day from the Academy of American Poets by going to: http://bit.ly/Sievzj.