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Night of poetry, music to honor Grand Central at 100
Poetry there will be.
To honor Grand Central on this its jubilee.
And music too
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Beside the clock
Keeping time so you don't have to
Tick tock tick tock
100 years and still glowing
Where are all these people going?
The poetry promises to be a lot better than that when some of the nation's finest poets and musicians gather in Grand Central Terminal's Main Concourse to celebrate the New York City landmark's 100th year on April 10.
"Keeping Time: Poets and Musicians Honor Grand Central" is being sponsored by the MTA's Arts for Transit and Urban Design program, together with the Poetry Society of America, the nation's oldest poetry organization.
"Sharing the sounds and language of musicians and poets joins two great programs in celebration, Music Under New York and Poetry in Motion," said Sandra Bloodworth, the director of the MTA's transit and urban design program.
Poets like Aracelis Girmay, Jeffrey Yang and Billy Collins will read poems themed to Grand Central and travel.
There will also be live performances by the MTA's Music Under New York groups including Yaz Band, a four-piece group that plays classic R&B and Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the world's only all-female mariachi band.
Collins, a former U.S. Poet Laureate, will conclude the evening with a reading of his aptly titled poem, "Grand Central." The poem was commissioned by the MTA and is being featured in New York City subway posters as well as MetroCards.
The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Metro-North and its parent agency, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is sponsoring a number of events throughout the year to celebrate the terminal's centennial.