Poetry in Motion
Liam Day has been working on a series of poems about the MBTA bus routes. In each poem, and each bus ride, the city tells us something about what it means to be human. Taking the #15 to Haymarket to buy bruised apples and peaches with softeningskin, becomes a rumination on our own aging and mortality. On the # 10, we see the Hancock’s lit offices; a persistent reminder of the daily grind. A ride on the #43, which coasts past the State House and civil war memorial, is a meditation on the tension between 21st century living and the sacrifices our ancestors made to put us here. In all these works we get a deeper understanding of our city, an appreciation for it's glorious and grimy parts, and a sense of how remarkable an ordinary bus trip can be.