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