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Parallel Press poets’ work featured on “Poetic Bikes”

April 30, 2013


Last week, Madison B-cycle unveiled 30 new “Poetic Bikes” into their bicycle lending system as part of a city-wide partnership with Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, a local organization run by Parallel Press poet Shoshauna Shy.  In the past, Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf has partnered with Community Car in a similar effort to integrate poems and poetry into everyday events– like a commute to work or school.

In order to choose poems, the team sifted through over 300 submissions, searching for work with a Madison theme.  10 poems were selected and were added to 30 of the iconic red B-cycle Bikes.

Poetry bike 3Several of the featured poets witnessed the release of their poems into the Madison B-cycle bike share program last Friday, including a variety of Parallel Press Authors and editors (linked below).

List of poems and their poets:

  • “Tree on Johnson Street” by Jan Chronister
  • “the wi film festival” by Amelia Cook
  • “Old House on Lake Monona—the Near End of Jenifer ST” by Peg Carlson Lauber
  • “It was already clear” by Ralph Murre
  • “First Fall Semester” by Andrea Potos
  • “Cursive Discarded From Grade School Curriculum” by Shoshauna Shy
  • “From my Window” by Danez Smith
  • “Orange Custard Chocolate Chip” by Frannie Zellman
  • “Arboretum Walk”  and “State Street, Late November” by Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva