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A rich gathering emanating from the immensely popular poetry placards displayed on the subways and buses in New York City, Poetry in Motion offers an eclectic mix, ranging from Sappho and Slyvia Plath to W.H. Auden and ninth-century Chinese poet Chu Chen Po. Each work has, in 16 lines or less, the power to enliven the quotidian, provide nourishment for the soul, and enchan A rich gathering emanating from the immensely popular poetry placards displayed on the subways and buses in New York City, Poetry in Motion offers an eclectic mix, ranging from Sappho and Slyvia Plath to W.H. Auden and ninth-century Chinese poet Chu Chen Po. Each work has, in 16 lines or less, the power to enliven the quotidian, provide nourishment for the soul, and enchant even the youngest among us. Illustrations.


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A rich gathering emanating from the immensely popular poetry placards displayed on the subways and buses in New York City, Poetry in Motion offers an eclectic mix, ranging from Sappho and Slyvia Plath to W.H. Auden and ninth-century Chinese poet Chu Chen Po. Each work has, in 16 lines or less, the power to enliven the quotidian, provide nourishment for the soul, and enchan A rich gathering emanating from the immensely popular poetry placards displayed on the subways and buses in New York City, Poetry in Motion offers an eclectic mix, ranging from Sappho and Slyvia Plath to W.H. Auden and ninth-century Chinese poet Chu Chen Po. Each work has, in 16 lines or less, the power to enliven the quotidian, provide nourishment for the soul, and enchant even the youngest among us. Illustrations.

30 review for Poetry in Motion: 100 Poems from the Subways and Buses

  1. 4 out of 5

    Puja

    This is a great book to own - I've always thought poetry should be revisited often. Poetry in Motion is ideal for one's commute or carrying it just about anywhere - the size fits into most purses/bags. One can ofcourse read the 100 poems in one go at home. For people not comfortable or sure about poetry, this is a great book to get introduced to the poetry genre - the book has excerpts from classics, there are some short poems which are excellent and also a few samples from different cultures. I This is a great book to own - I've always thought poetry should be revisited often. Poetry in Motion is ideal for one's commute or carrying it just about anywhere - the size fits into most purses/bags. One can ofcourse read the 100 poems in one go at home. For people not comfortable or sure about poetry, this is a great book to get introduced to the poetry genre - the book has excerpts from classics, there are some short poems which are excellent and also a few samples from different cultures. I loved the Haiku pair in the end. Some poems are deep and meaningful, others silly and funny. My favorites include Emily Dickinson's 'Hope is the thing with feathers', Robert Frost's 'The Armful', Stephen Dunn's 'Happiness', Stanley Kunitz's 'The Round', C.P. Cavafy's 'As Much As You Can', Gabriela Mistral's 'Wall', Robert Hayden's 'Those Winter Sundays', Karla Kuskin's 'The Question', Shel Silverstein's 'Listen to the Mustn'ts', Sylvia Path's 'I am Vertical' and Pablo Neruda's 'Ode to the Cat'. Here I share a delightful Chinese Poem from the Ninth Century by Chu Chen Po, translated in English: Hedgehog He ambles along like a walking pin cushion, Stops and curls up like a chestnut burr. He's not worried because he's so little, Nobody is going to slap him around.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lili Kim

    I love reading "Poetry in Motion" on the subways! Fave lines: "Live not for battles won. Live not for the-end-of-the-song. Live in the along." " . . . 'Why, I think I'd like to be the sky Or be a plane or train or mouse Or maybe a haunted house Or something furry, rough and wild... Or maybe I will stay a child.'" "Open your eyes, Dream but don't guess. Your biggest surprise Comes after Yes." I love reading "Poetry in Motion" on the subways! Fave lines: "Live not for battles won. Live not for the-end-of-the-song. Live in the along." " . . . 'Why, I think I'd like to be the sky Or be a plane or train or mouse Or maybe a haunted house Or something furry, rough and wild... Or maybe I will stay a child.'" "Open your eyes, Dream but don't guess. Your biggest surprise Comes after Yes."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael P.

    The poems in this collection have there things in common: 1) They appeared on placards in subways and busses in New York City, 2) They are short enough to fit on those placards, and, 3) the poems are uniformly good. There is no real organizing principle, which would have been nice, but may have been impossible given the use to which these poems were put.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeni Burckart

    A totally charming book of poetry. So glad I read it. Now I have some more favorites stashed away to ponder over.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tyneil

    Includes great excerpts from larger poems such as Wallace Steven's "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" and Eliot's "Love Song for J. Alfred Prufrock" among shorter memorable poems like "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden (I love this one). What's most thrilling about this collection is the concept behind it. Each having appeared in the subways and buses of New York City - what a great way to bring poetry to the people :) Includes great excerpts from larger poems such as Wallace Steven's "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" and Eliot's "Love Song for J. Alfred Prufrock" among shorter memorable poems like "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden (I love this one). What's most thrilling about this collection is the concept behind it. Each having appeared in the subways and buses of New York City - what a great way to bring poetry to the people :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Stewart

    Poetry in motion by Elise Paschen is 100 poems by different people all in one book. Most of the poems are calm and make a good point. I thought the book was ok but you should read it if your a poem person.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    The editors gathered 100 poems that are part of a program to provide poetry within the public transit system of New York. The collection contains brief poems and represents historical poetry through contemporary poems while attempting to show cultural diversity.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cait

    3.5 Read this while (or after? suddenly can't remember) visiting my brother* in New York! I love the like putting poetry on the subways, that's rad. 3.5 Read this while (or after? suddenly can't remember) visiting my brother* in New York! I love the like putting poetry on the subways, that's rad.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Epstein

    3.7

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marianna Monaco

    great short poems my favorite: Reflective by A. R. Ammons I found a weed that had a mirror in it and that mirror looked in at a mirror in me that had a weed in it

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tom Romig

    I've often enjoyed reading the poems while riding the subway, so of course I found this collection quite delightful. I've often enjoyed reading the poems while riding the subway, so of course I found this collection quite delightful.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  14. 5 out of 5

    Todd

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kate Farrell

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Carr-Johnson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alainee Coleman

  18. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

  19. 4 out of 5

    ECL

  20. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Full with little gems of some must-read poets!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  23. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Fun and quick sampler of poetry for people who aren't convinced they like poetry at all. Fun and quick sampler of poetry for people who aren't convinced they like poetry at all.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Marchant

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  26. 5 out of 5

    David

  27. 4 out of 5

    Fats

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary

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