‘Poetry Moves’ highlights work of young poets

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian Arts & Features Reporter

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If You Go

What: Launch of fourth season of “Poetry Moves”

Featuring: Young poets reading original works

When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: Vancouver Farmers Market music stage, southwest of Esther Street

More information: https://www.facebook.com/poemsonthebuses/

Magical, meaningful, fun — and about as tasty and nutritious as farm-fresh summer produce. That’s poetry.

One of the first things Christopher Luna did after being named Clark County’s poet laureate in 2013 was launch a poets-in-schools program. Workshops in local grade schools were taught by poets April Bullard, Jim Martin, Morgan Hutchinson and Luna himself. Meanwhile, Luna began “Poetry Moves” with transit agency C-Tran, which agreed to post poems in local buses. Years one and three of “Poetry Moves” featured grownup Clark County poetry, as curated by Luna and his wife, Toni Partington; year two highlighted the work of student poets — and now year four will, too.

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 10 young poets will read at the Vancouver Farmers Market music stage (beside the Esther Short building, southwest side of Esther Street). These are poems that will be displayed in C-Tran buses, this month through December. Most of the poets are in elementary or middle school.