There used to be a program in Indianapolis called Poetry on the Buses, that displayed the works of local poets for the diversion of passengers. Given the popularity of the city's bus system, this was a less than promising way to assure a readership.
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail has a new idea linking public transit and poetry: It has selected four poems to be incorporated into the design of bus shelters at Virginia Ave. near Lexington, McCarty St. and Woodlawn Ave. on routes 12, 14 and 22. A fourth poem willl be placed at "Poet's Place," located on Alabama near the Marsh store.
The poets whose works were selected are all distinguished members of the local literary scene: Karen Kovacik, Richard Pflum, John Sherman and Elizabeth Weber.
The Writers" Center of Indiana managed the selection process, working with three national judges: Allison Joseph from Carbondale, IL, Barry Silesky, of Chicago, and Ingrid Wendt from Eugene, OR. There were 120 entries.
Easch of the poets whose work was selected received a $1,000 honorarium.