more poetry in motion

February 13, 2018

Yesterday, we mentioned the new installation of poems on buses and bus shelters in Olympia, Washington. In a followup to one of the nation’s most venerable transit-poem projects, Poetry in Motion on New York’s subways, here is a 16-minute WNYC link to an interview with Alice Quinn, the executive director of the Poetry Society of America and editor of The Best of Poetry in Motion: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years on Subways and Buses. In the interview, Quinn talks with Mary Harris about the origins and challenges of the program, hears from callers, and reads selected poems from the collection.

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Subway Cento

October 25, 2012

Subway Cento by Jack Cheng

Jack Cheng is a writer, designer and entrepreneur in Brooklyn. He creates found poems, which he calls Subway Cento, from ads in New York’s subways. According to Poets.org, “From the Latin word for ‘patchwork,’ the cento (or collage poem) is a poetic form made up of lines from poems by other poets.” While Cheng’s creations don’t use other poems as their source, they find poetic sense and image in materials that might otherwise be overlooked.

See other examples of Subway Cento and find out more about Jack Cheng on his website, or view his successful Kickstarter novel-writing campaign. You can also have a look at previous posts tagged found poetry.

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