Friday, December 29, 2017

New York City Subway Poem is Poetry in Motion for MTA

photo © Mark Butkus 2017
Sweet dreams of poetry on the A train in New York City.

Billy Collins Subway was one of three poems added in 2016 by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Poetry in Motion series. The public literary project has "brought more than 200 poems or excerpts before the eyes of millions of subway riders and rail commuters, offering each a moment of timelessness in the busy day" since the program began in 1992.


Subway

As you fly swiftly underground
with a song in your ears
or lost in the maze of a book,

remember the ones who descended here
into the mire of bedrock
to bore a hole through this granite,

to clear a passage for you
where there was only darkness and stone.
Remember as you come up into the light.


— Billy Collins


New York City native Billy Collins followed up his term as U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003) by becoming New York State Poet Laureate (2004-2006). The poems in the MTA Poetry in Motion series are chosen with input from the Poetry Society of America. Submissions are not accepted. Collins is the author of 12 collections of poetry. His latest collection is titled, The Rain in Portugal.