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Nashville turns Poetry in Motion program into contest for local poets

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 Submissions in Nashville will be accepted until March 8. The original poetry will be displayed throughout April, which is National Poetry Month.

Works by more than 50 poets have appeared in past years as part of the initiative. The pieces "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman, "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" by Emily Dickinson, "When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats, and "Let There Be New Flowering" by Lucille Clifton were the first four poems chosen in the program's inaugural year.

To see if your city participates in Poetry in Motion, check here. If you don't see your city on the list, you can contact your local transit authorities and the Poetry Society of America.

Ben Frederick is a contributor to The Christian Science Monitor.

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