BOA publisher Peter Conners was in for a very pleasant surprise this morning when he hopped into a New York City taxicab and was greeted by a familiar sight. The poem "Noche de Lluvia, San Salvador" by Aracelis Girmay from her latest collection Kingdom Animalia (BOA 2011), appeared on Taxi TV as he was being whisked from JFK to his sales conference downtown. How cool is that? Girmay's poem, along with the poem "Graduation" by Dorothea Tanning, is being used for the re-launch of the Poetry Society of America and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Poetry in Motion program. Dormant for the past four years, the program re-named "Arts for Transit", was re-launched in March 2012 and displays poems on "car cards' in the New York City subway cars, on the reverse sides of MetroCards, on touch-screen kiosks and now in the back of NYC taxis. For more info on the Arts for Transit program visit the Poetry Society of America or the MTA website. And for more information on the wonderful and talented Aracelis Girmay, or to purchase Kingdom Animalia please visit the BOA Bookstore.
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