Sunday, June 14, 2009

BUS STORY # 137 (Poetry On The Bus II)

Well, it’s Poetry On The Bus time again.

Last year, ABQ RIDE sponsored it’s first-ever Poetry On The Bus contest, and featured the poetry of the winners and many other entrants on the overhead advertising space on all the city buses.

I thought the graphic matches with the poetry were exceptionally well done, and I plan to feature some of last year’s panels on my postings for the next several weeks.

The current promotion notes that the first year contest drew 465 submissions, so it is undoubtedly back by popular demand.

The theme does not have to be the bus: “Poems must reflect a theme chosen by the writer (you!)” Still, I kind of like having a bus theme. Something like:

One o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock rock
Taking the Rapid Ride comes as a shock
Cuz you get around town so much faster
Sure hope it puts the cars out to pasture

Just sign it “W.S.”

The photo above features last year’s first place winner in the adult category. The poem is Morphestra, by Charleen Madill. Click on the photo to enlarge.


Blogger JM said...

Strange to see a poem with an expiration date!

7:58 AM  
Blogger Busboy said...

Yes, I noticed it, too, when I started taking photos of the poems. They all have the same expiration date. I decided it might be an internal communication to the detailing crews for when to take these posters down. Sure enough, the poetry posters started disappearing in January.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Ed Penguin said...

Wallace Stevens?

6:12 PM  
Blogger Busboy said...

I hadn’t considered there might be more than one W.S. Nice one! How about Nobel Prize winner Wislawa Szymborska?

5:32 AM  
Blogger Charleen said...

Imagine what a thrill it was--and is--to see my poem in print. The original, which was nicely enlarged to a 3 x 5 poster, now graces my writing space. There is no expiration date on it. It is now three days before the winners of the 09 contest are announced--wouldn't it be something....Thank you, Busboy, for featuring Poetry on the Bus in your Blogg.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Busboy said...

My pleasure, Charleen -- and congratulations.

9:39 PM  

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