Poetry in Motion

September 19th, 2013 by Live Well Omaha Kids

Guest blog by David E. Corbin, Member of Live Well Omaha Kids Executive Committee and the originator of Poetry in Motion.

Who is Poetry in Motion for?

People who want to be physically active
Families who like to walk together
Spanish classes (English speakers who want to learn Spanish)
English classes (Spanish speakers who want to learn English)
Youth groups & organizations
After school programs
Poets and poetry lovers
Fans of South Omaha and people who want to learn more about South Omaha

Poetry in Motion is an activity on South 24th St. in Omaha.  The poem, “Angels Ride Bicycles,” written by Francisco X. Alarcón is the focus of this project.  This project was created to celebrate the larger and larger number of people in Omaha who are riding bikes, walking or engaging in some other type of active transportation. The ten verses of this poem are written in English and Spanish on bike racks along S. 24th St. A map in Spanish and English of the Poetry in Motion course can be found by clicking here. The poem starts at Jacobo’s and ends near Desportes Gol.  If you visit all ten bike racks on the course you will be able to read the entire poem in Spanish and English over the 1.3 mile route.

Enjoy this family activity. Bike, walk, skateboard, roller skate or ride a scooter to all ten poem verses. Discuss the poem. Memorize some or all of the verses. Tell others about Poetry in Motion. Most of all, enjoy the poem and the physical activity, and have fun!

The poem is used with permission of the publisher, Lee & Low Books, New York, NY www.leeandlow.comAngels Ride Bikes/ Los Ángeles Andan en Bicicleta. Poems © 1999 by Francisco X. Alarcón, Book Illustrations © 1999 by Maya Christina Gonzalez.

This project is dedicated to the memory of Evangelina “Gigi” Brignoni, PhD Aug 15, 1954 – Jan 14, 2012, a tireless advocate of bilingual education at the University of Nebraska Omaha

For more information contact David Corbin at: dcorbin@unomaha.edu

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