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.
A short essay by Robert Pinsky has universal significance for anyone who wants to read poetry. In it he explores a “mysterious frontier between the mind and the body” as you begin to allow a poem to cross the threshold from concept to intimate emotional understanding.
"I think it’s very important to try to write every day. Writing is like practicing a musical instrument. One day builds to the next. When I was working full time as a sixth grade teacher, I tried to write an hour after dinner before completing lesson planning. I tried to write a marathon stint on the weekends."
Announcing our Poetry on the T Contest!
We are thrilled to feature three poems in May that will be chosen through open submissions (submission period Jan 24-Feb 24). Two spots are reserved for any Massachusetts resident and one is reserved for a middle or high school student in the state. For contest details and guidelines, and to submit, click here.