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A Poetry Jukebox Comes To Greenwich Village

Rather than the humdrum of traffic, you'll hear beautiful poetry next time you're at the Ruth Wittenburg Triangle. We've installed a Poetry Jukebox which plays twenty poems featuring Jane Jacobs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac among others.

The Poetry Jukebox was conceived by the Czech project Piána na ulici (Pianos on the Street), led by the coffee house owner Ondřej Kobza and cultural manager Michaela Hečková whose mission is to animate public spaces worldwide.

Poetry Jukeboxes have been installed in cities all around the world including Prague, Kiev, London, Venice, Brussels and Belfast. Pianos on the Street believes that listening to the original voices of local poets is one of the most beautiful and inspiring experiences in a city.

The poets, songwriters, novelists and activists represented in this Jukebox reflect an array of artists that have called the Village home. The featured poems and poets are - 

Edna St. Vincent Millay                 Love is Not All

Sara Teasdale                                   Barter

Denise Levertov                               The Pilots

Grace Paley                                       Mother

James Baldwin                                 Sonny Blues

Edgar Allan Poe                               The Raven

Allen Ginsberg                                 Howl

Jack Kerouac                                    The Beat Generation

Gary Snyder                                      Turtle Island

Diane di Prima                                  Ave

Anne Waldman                                 Pressure

Amiri Baraka                                     Our Nation Is Like Ourselves

Gregory Corso                                   Mariagge

Lawrence Ferlinghetti                     Evil

Emma Lazarus                                  The New Colossus

Wystan Hugh Auden                       Tell me the Truth About Love

Mark Twain                                       The Voice of Mark Twain

Hart Crane                                         The Brooklyn Bridge

Jane Jacobs                                        Neighborhoods in Action

Frank O'Hara                                     Lana Turner has collapsed

Poetry Jukebox is made possible by through a partnershipn with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), Village Alliance, and Czech Tourism.

A Poetry Jukebox Comes To Greenwich Village

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    Wedding DJ on 07/10/2018 11:17 p.m.

    This is awesome, love the Poetry Jukebox!!

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    One of my favorite poems by EAP - The Raven. Heard it since I was a child and haven't forgotten about it.

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    DavidRichard on 07/18/2018 6:48 a.m.

    It was the great invention. I was a child when i listen these poems with core of my heart. Jukebox was installed all over the city. I don't forget it ever.
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