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Coney Island's Wonder Wheel to become moving stage for poetry for one night

There are two major Coney Island amusement parks

There are two major Coney Island amusement parks -- Luna Park and Denos Wonder Wheel Amusement Park -- but this was not always the case. Photo Credit: Library of Congress

Coney Islands Wonder Wheel will become a spinning stage for poetry on Friday night.

A group of 14 poets plans to read their works to passengers of the 95-year-old landmark amusement as they are lifted around in their cars.

Poets expected to participate in the readings include Bronx-born Edwin Torres, National Book Critics Circle finalist Matthea Harvey, former carny Brenda Coulta and others.

For those who are afraid of heights, a special event called Poets Who Are Afraid of Heights will take place on a stage below the Wheel.

Those who are inspired can even write their own odes to Coney Island on vintage typewriters.

Poem-a-Rama is being organized by Coney Island-based Parachute Literary Arts.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $20 at the door. Funds raised by the event will go toward literary programs in Brooklyn, including writing workshops for teens. 


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