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.
Join Mass Poetry at WBUR CitySpace for "A Tribute to Mary Oliver," where a panel of poets whose works and lives have been impacted by Oliver’s work will read from her poetry, share some of their own work and participate in a Q&A led by a WBUR moderator. Panelists include Helene Atwan, Krysten Hill, Susan Edwards Richmond, and Nadia Colburn. This event is in partnership with Boston ArtWeek and sponsored by WBUR.
No Glykon and Meagan Masterman run a Somerville-based literary journal called Reality Hands, as well as Clouds and Other Louds, a festival of poetry and fiction readings. This year’s festival will be held on April 27-28 at the Dorchester Arts Project. Read our interview with No & Meagan to learn more about the zine, the festival, and what inspires their work.
This year's theme for the National Poetry Coalition is “Poetry and Democracy,” so we're asking our community members to create erasures, or blackout poetry, of political documents. Download the materials from our website and submit your creations by April 30th! We'll be including a curated collection of submissions on our website and social media throughout the spring and summer, and we will choose a select number to be displayed on the T and other public locales in July.
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A paste of dirt and rainwater
smeared on smooth cheeks.
Cakes of muck in our hands.
Clover stems woven flat are pressed between palms
and hurled into the air while their tiny little heads
lay tucked behind our ears.