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.
Gwendolyn Brooks' cemented her legacy through her efforts as a poet, feminist, and activist. In honor of her centennial this year, we're celebrating OMB100 by paying tribute to that influence. In the first of several posts, we have a wonderful essay by Quraysh Ali Lansana.
We invite middle and high school students to submit a poem on the subject of John F. Kennedy. We encourage students to make use of the JFK Library in Boston and/or the Library’s website as well as Mass Poetry compiled materials for inspiration, resources, and guidance.
The contest will run until October 6, 2017, and finalists will be announced in late November, after which the JFK Library Foundation will host an event honoring the winners and runners-up in early December.
My six-year-old glues balsa wood,
three-foot wings, his own design,
whittling each day for weeks,
adding paper clips to adjust its lateral balance.
This breezy day, we carry
the fragile craft between us,
inching our way to open field.