Poetry in motion
Passengers striding through Terminal A of LaGuardia airport in New York can order coffee from a chain called World Bean and sandwiches from CIBO Express. They can also order a poem or a story, freshly prepared and delivered to their phone as they arrive in LA or Dallas or Atlanta. Operating out of a kiosk, two writers turn out tales of families, journeys, love, loss… anything they can conjure before their reader descends from the clouds and turns on their phone. Their work is free. “When it’s a short flight we have to be really quick,” says Gideon Jacobs, 28, who runs Landing Pages – part of a Queens arts council residency program – with Lexie Smith. One of his stories is about a couple whose break-up begins on a long-haul flight to Greece: “Under the small but powerful lights perfectly angled to illuminate seat 32A and 32B, they simply saw things they had not seen in their first three months together, things they could not quite unsee.” The story was not, he stresses, written for a couple.