Public transit is full of people trying to force culture on you, what with all the fairly talented street performers and those Metro distributors trying to trick you into reading free newspapers. The MTA will now be joining this bombardment by expanding their Poetry in Motion program to buses, our final culture-free sanctuary, according to the New York Observer.
There’s no word on when exactly the poetry will start showing up on buses, but Arts in Transit’s director, Sandra Bloodworth, told the paper that it would be happening “soon.” We like Silverstein and Blake as much as the next guy, but are we ready to have the crass bliss of our bus rides rocked by the MTA Anthology of American Literature? Are we ready to have the poetry of that passenger with really greasy hair hitting on us usurped? Most importantly, can we sacrifice some of the time we normally allot for Tindering to reading and thinking and stuff? Unlike the subway, buses allow you phone service, so up to now it’s been our low-brow me time. Will we swipe right for poetry? We don’t know, MTA. We just don’t know.