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Morgan Lyons
Mark Ball

June 17, 2008

New multi-cultural series celebrates a decade of poems on DART buses and trains

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Richland College are marking the 11th edition of the national Poetry in Motion program with a diverse collection of 15 poems from outstanding contemporary poets from Texas and around the nation, as well as traditional English and American poems.

'Yardman' by Joaquin Zihuatanejo
"Yardman" by Joaquin Zihuatanejo

'The Hard Part' by Martha Heimberg
"The Hard Part" by Martha Heimberg

From 'A Trip Home' by Jerry McElveen
From "A Trip Home" by Jerry McElveen
The poems, which are placed on DART buses and trains feature Texas poets Joaquin Zihuatanejo, an award-winning poet and teacher who captures pagan and Christian influences in the duality of his Chicano culture and Natasha Carrizosa, who's poems spring from her dual heritage of African- and Mexican-American. Work by Dallas poets Martha Heimberg and Jerry McElveen are also included in this series.

Traditional poems include "Jenny Kiss'd Me" and Anne Bradstreet's "To My Dear and Loving Husband."

Each of the new poems in the series were read by local poets Richland College President Steve Mittelstet and Richland College students during a special presentation June 17 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson.

Previous poems have featured works by Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and Langston Hughes in addition to Texas poets such as Isabel Nathaniel, Frederick Turner and Jack Myers. The poems are posted in each of DART's buses and trains.

The new series of poems, and previous poems may be viewed at www.DART.org/Poetry.

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