Writers selected for this year’s Poetry Omnibus, a program that puts placards of local poetry on Capital City Transit buses, will be honored at a reception at the Douglas Library on Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. All 26 poems selected for this year’s bus poetry will be read at the ceremony by the poets who wrote them, or, in their absence, a library staff member.
Here’s a look at the poets and their poems:
“Advice from a Headless Statue in Paris to a Poet Lying in a Hammock Somewhere in the Midwest” by MD Christenson, “Big Game” by Mary Lou Spartz, “Faithful Lady” by Diane DeSloover, “Four Empty Boots” by John Church, “From a Distance” by Nattinee Nipataruedi “From Brute to Kind” by Nancy Rosel Brown, “Half Naked” by Mary Lou Spartz, “I dream of seeds” by Laurie Lamm, “Juneau Snow” by K. Loren Bettridge, “Lexicon” by Margo Waring, “Matriarch at the Glacier” by Mary Lou Spartz, “On The Bus” by Michael Fleischhauer, “Owl patrol” by Laurie Lamm, “Parting Gift” by Diane DeSloover, “Perception” by Richard Stokes, “Possibility” by Margo Waring, “Potential Like” by Nattinee Nipataruedi, “Radio Prologue” by Laura Tripp, “Resistance is Futile” by Richard Stokes, “Schedule change” by Laurie Lamm, “The Bear’s Lesson” by Diane DeSloover, “Those Little Brown Birds” by Elizabeth Cuadra, “TONGASS” by Ceann Murphy, “Travelers” by Tim Spengler, “Turning of the Wheel” by Richard Stokes and “Twenty Thirteen” by Nick J. Nixon.
Poetry Omnibus, which began in 2006, is sponsored by Capital City Transit, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries and the Printing Trade Company. It was inspired by similar literary programs in London, Seattle and New York, and is designed to make bus riding in Juneau more enjoyable and enlightening for riders, while giving writers another venue for their work. For more information, visit jahc.org.
“Perception” by Richard Stokes
Near the beach with my roots soil-sunk
and eagles perched on my limbs,
I watched a whale-shaped rock
appear and disappear twice each day.
I think it’s the sea that moves, but the rock
says he rises to taste the air and look about.
Perhaps we have things to learn from each other.
We should talk, the rock and I