Bus users report they’re not seeing as much advertising on buses as they used to. Particularly the green buses seem to be completely devoid of advertising.
Perhaps to fill this gap the Chief Minister has published a media release announcing the empty space will soon be filled with poetry.
Chief Minister and Minister for the Arts Jon Stanhope said he hoped the initiative would help introduce many Canberrans to the pleasure and accessibility of poetry, and re-ignite the interest of others who may not have read much poetry since their schooldays. Commuters who wanted to read more of Ms Lawsonâ€™s work would be directed by the posters to the ArtsACT website, where her poem Blue Poles, a winner in the 2005 ACT Poetry Prize, could be found.
Mr Stanhope said the initiative was part of the ACT Governmentâ€™s push to take the arts to Canberrans where they lived, worked and played.
Perhaps even more exciting, for some, he goes on.
Mr Stanhope announced that the Poetry in ACTION would return â€“ next time as a sonnet competition open to all Canberrans, with the winning sonnet displayed on buses.