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Poetry coming to taxi TV

Your next ride in a yellow cab will likely be a lot more … cultured.

The MTA’s popular “Poetry in Motion” series expanded to the New York City taxicab fleet today.

However, unlike the poems up on subway cars, the poems in taxis will be animated shorts.

Taxi riders will be able to see silent 15-second animations of “Poetry in Motion” selections on the TV screens set up in the back of nearly all cabs.

The MTA canceled its “Poetry in Motion” series on the subways in 2008, but brought it back last month after an outcry from disappointed subway riders.

“Poetry in Motion was so popular with our customers that they demanded that we bring it back. I think it will be equally appreciated by taxi riders,” said MTA Chairman Joe Lhota today.

The poems are selected by the Poetry Society of America, which said they try to seek poets who reflect the diversity of New York City.

The first two poems to appear in cabs will be “Noche de Lluvia, San Salvador,” by Aracelis Girmay and “Graduation,” by Dorothea Tanning, which was introduced last month on the subways.

Two new poems will be added every three months, and the new poems will appear in both the subway and taxis simultaneously.

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