Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts. We help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a 501(c)(3) organization.
Common Threads is the Mass Poetry program that nudges you back to that spark you may have felt at your mother’s knee. Or in your fourth grade class. Or in high school or college. Somewhere along the way you’ve met a poem you loved. Common Threads wants to relight that flame in intimate settings among friends or perhaps soon-to-be friends.
When I open Rachel Wiley's book Fat Girl Finishing School I’m reminded of crossing the threshold of a macaroon shop to see hundreds of the gorgeous pastries, in rows and rows of colors, just waiting to be delighted in and devoured. Rose-hued and mint-tinted, almond and maroon.
Nothing is where I left it. The empty littered lot
next to my father’s hardware store has turned up
two blocks to the north. Even the store itself,
which sold its last hammer and nail to the contractor
who tore it down, putting this substandard duplex
in its place, is missing. And the neighbor’s children
are now the neighbors, and the chalk outline of my father