I received a University of Wynwood newsletter this morning beseeching Miamians (that’s you) to recommend poems to place in Miami’s transit system during the O, Miami poetry festival in April. The initiative, called Poetry in Motion, started in 1992 when the Poetry Society of America partnered with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Now the PSA and O, Miami — whose director, Scott Cunningham, we interviewed last month — are teaming up to make your commute a bit more poetic (as if Miami’s busses weren’t sentimental enough … ). Check out the newsletter below for more details. And here’s my verse recommendation, which I think captures your average public commute (the waiting, the slow crawl) rather well.
“I’m waiting for my man,
Twenty-six dollars in my hand.
Up to Lexington, 1-2-5,
Feel sick and dirty, more dead than alive.”