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.
By the time I started teaching in 1973, interest in poetry had started to wane. Sure, there was the occasional Simon and Garfunkel recording that could be used to teach poetic devices, but it was difficult as a young teacher to inspire students to love poetry. My college English major had taught me how to analyze and appreciate poetry, but not how to really feel it.
I was on the #77 bus one day heading up Mass. Ave. from Harvard Square to Arlington and we passed a record store. My first thought was, There are still record stores?! And so on the back of a ticket I was using as a bookmark I jotted down a poem titledThe Last Record Store. After I got home and typed it up, I showed it to my wife, who liked it. She suggested that I could do something similar for other routes and, so, the idea of a book of bus poems was born.