Mass Poetry believes that words matter. We support poets and poetry in Massachusetts, 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.
The title I Almost Was Animal comes from a poem in the manuscript called “When Jade Says Write About the Monsters,” which I actually wrote from a prompt the lovely Jade Sylvan gave to a 6th grade class during a Mass Poetry In-School Student Day of Poetry. (The prompt was “Write about the monsters under your bed.” One of the perks of being Mass Poetry’s Program Director was sitting in on workshops from time to time!)
This spring, we asked members of our community to create erasures, or blackout poetry, of political documents. We selected 6 of these poems to be displayed on the T, but unfortunately, all were rejected by the MBTA.
The good news? We’re still planning to display these poems around the city in partnership with Soofa. Plus, you can view the posters on our website!
View the poems
Read WBUR’s article on MBTA advertisting
Learn more about the Poetry Coalition