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.
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover you wanted to write poems?
I started writing poems in fifth grade, which is when my first poem was published. I continued publishing in high school, and realized I was pretty good at it, so I continued.
It was a tenth grade English class and Dr. Weaver clapped between the rows of desks in Birkenstocks and white athletic socks, passing out a poultry packet of poems for the coming unity. I know what your thinking, but don’t blame him. He knew his audience.
Poetry was a point of literal infuriation for my classmates—“why do we even have to learn about poetry, or english even?!? No one cares! Metaphors are literally not real! Why are you taking time away from STEM classes?”
Common Threads includes a guide to reading and discussing the poems, videos of the poems being read (by the poets themselves when possible), and outreach to libraries, senior centers, book clubs, and more, in an effort to broaden the audience for poetry.