Poetry in Motion with Sally Gil & Poet Heather McHugh

"A Night in the World"

The New York City's MTA has paired images from the recent public art commission executed by artist Sally GilEdges of a South Brooklyn Sky (2018) with a poem by Heather McHugh "A Night in the World" (2020) for their Poetry in Motion series.  Gil's work is located at the Avenue U station on the N line, and consists of 14 large scale mosaics that reference the history, architecture and diverse cultures in the Gravesend neightborhood it is located within.  McHugh is a recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" grant, and is the author of nine volumes of poetry, inlcuding a work shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and another which was a finalist for the National Book Award.


A Night in the World

by Heather McHugh


I wouldn't have known if I didn't stay home

where the big dipper rises from, time

and again: one mountain ash.


And I wouldn't have thought, without traveling out

how huge that dipper was.

how small that tree.


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November 13, 2020