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D.C. Poetry Tour Hits City's Streets And Cyberspace

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"Stop 3E" on D.C.'s Poetry Tour.
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"Stop 3E" on D.C.'s Poetry Tour.

The Poetry Foundation is mixing new technology with one of the oldest forms of literature.

The Washington, D.C., Poetry Tour is an interactive website. With downloadable maps and audio, the tours meander around Capitol Hill and the U Street Corridor. Anne Halsey is the Poetry Foundation's Media Director. "In a lot of ways, Washington is really unrecognized as a literary city. Other of Washington's many features tend to outshine its poets."

Parts of the tours are set to music. They include the landmarks and stories made famous by poets laureate, as well as contemporary writers who roam the city's streets today. "D.C.'s such a spectacular city to walk around. It's also a great pleasure to listen to poetry while out and about or in-transit."

Maps and audio guides are available at the Poetry Foundation's website. Stephanie Kaye reports...

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