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Underground Poems On A Rainy Day

October 11, 2014

It's a rainy Saturday and The Best American Poetry blog features a story on Boston introducing poetry into its mass transit system. Subway poetry isn't new.  From the PERverse to the SUBverse, graffiti poetry has always lit up the underground.  Here in New York, "Poetry In Motion" is the formal approach powered by the Poetry Society of America, resuscitated by the MTA in 2012.  The Poetry Society thoughtfully (if not carefully) surfaces bright lines from classic poems and clever turns from poets whose subjects reflect the rich diversity of the city. However, probably to conform with the MTA's mission to offend no one, poems are presented in benign rectangles with a "safe" visual aesthetic, certain to add nothing.  Its designs are often childishly reductive or unnecessarily obvious. (The worst offense of NYC's subway program, by far, is that it often publishes poems by Billy Collins.) Boston is improving the model.  Its interpretive design approach serves to enhance, add dimension and attract commuters who might otherwise have their heads stuck in the same device they've been staring at all day.  Even when sad or contemplative, like this one from Amy Lowell, they fit perfectly into today's wet doldrums:   Boston is risking more than other cities because its poems often lean head first into the city's most raw and vulnerable spaces. Like this one, called "Marathon," by Nick Flynn: The ambition behind both efforts and their corresponding websites feels good to just about any urban dweller open to a little something different in the cracks of the day.  Why not? A chance to stop and consider, in the dark wifi-less patches, more train traffic ahead of us.  

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Visiting Warby Parker

June 11, 2013 — 0

Ten things I loved about my morning with Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker:

- Old school train schedule board showing the day's eye exam appointments, modeled on Philly's Penn Station - The sign on the front of Warby Parker's new Soho store: image - Copies of Paris Review on the store's waiting room coffee table, one of which was torn up by Neil's son - The story of Warby Parker presented as a narrative on the store's countertops - The kindness of everyone who works here - You get a bag of Neil's favorite pretzels on your first day at work - "Continually challenge ourselves to learn and do good."  (On the wall, next to the fridge.) - The fact that Tomaz Salamun's book of poems, Poker, is on the store shelf: image - When you buy a pair of glasses, Warby Parker gives a pair to someone who can't afford any - The photo both.  Here's Neil and me:    

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August 6, 2012 — 0

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A Perfect Morning For Reading W.S. Merwin

August 9, 2010 — 0

Here's a love poem to Paula, his wife... Late Spring by W.S. Merwin Coming into the high room again after years after oceans and shadows of hills and the sounds after losses and feet on stairs after looking and mistakes and forgetting turning there thinking to find no one except those I knew finally I saw you sitting in white already waiting you of whom I had heard with my own ears since the beginning for whom more than once I have opened the door believing you were not far