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Poetry Getting in Motion This Weekend at Grand Central

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is hosting the first Poetry in Motion Springfest this weekend over at Grand Central Terminal.

The event features readings and music, and also gives children the chance to pen some poetry themselves.

The program was inspired by New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe, who says she is dedicated to bringing poetry to anyone passing through the terminal.

"It's a wonderful spot, because like Poetry in Motion, you can be walking from a train, intent on your day, and suddenly see a poem up on the wall and be refreshed by it. Poetry belongs to us," Howe said.

"It's about bringing poetry to the public, to the people of New York. And so we imagine that people will come and go. They can spend the afternoon here or they can pop in for 30 minutes, but to really get a sense and an exposure to contemporary poetry is and can be," said Charif Shanahan of the Poetry Society of America.

The event is free and runs until 6 p.m. Saturday and again on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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