From: Jake Warga
On assignment: ride the "poetry bus" http://www.poetrybus.com/ Aired 12/8/2006 http://www.studio360.org/episodes/2006/12/08
WNYC Studio360 12/8/2007
[Engine start, honking, constant driving audio bed]
I don?t know much about poetry, but I couldn?t miss the bus: huge, silver, 40 foot long touring coach, with ?poetry bus? written on the side in large red letters, I caught it in Portland Oregon, on it?s way back to Seattle where it started almost 2 months ago. The bus has been on the road for 15,000 miles, giving over 60 readings across the country,
[Joshua] I think we wanted to be something new, wanted it to operate, without sounding cheesy, like a poem itself, you enter it, and you try to experience it along the way.
That?s Joshua Beckman, one of the founders of the poetry bus, and an editor at Wave books, a Seattle-based independent press that?s sponsoring the trip.
[Matthew]?Ear to the aluminum floor, crushed pavement beneath?.The wide way of the sky becoming dark, white van speeding along the bottom of darkness?
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