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.
Daniel Evans Pritchard started U35 about five years ago, when he was sitting around a bar with some friends, thinking about how there weren't really venues for young poets' voices in the Boston poetry scene. They decided to change that. And they wanted a place that would allow young poets to talk and mingle--not a bookstore or other venue that felt more formal. The Marliave agreed to be their venue, and that has worked really well.
As a child, I loved the rhythm, whimsy and spunk of A.A. Milne’s poems which included a recording that I listened to over and over. In school we memorized and recited poems, and I started writing in my early teens after my grandmother’s death. Those poems were published in the high school paper under the pseudonym Robin Christopher because I was too shy about what they might reveal about my inner life.
Some write poetry on glass windows
like Sophia Hawthorne at the Old Manse
with her wedding ring. Common enough
in the early 19th century, but it was like finding a note
in a bottle picked up on the beach. I felt a kind of awe.
Granted, Sophia was the wife
of you know who and could commit
what is, in essence, graffiti. With no repercussions.
And granted, she must have been godawful bored
when he took off the morning after the snowstorm
to visit Thoreau. And left her alone with the baby!