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.
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover you wanted to write poems?
High School! I was "introduced" via an assignment a friend had in our sophomore year which for some reason set me off ... a move to San Francisco in 1968, where there was a significant amount of alone time, helped me along and then I fell in with a group of other young poets all circling around Fran Claggett at Alameda High School who held weekly readings, brought in poets from the outside world (notably Helen Adam and Robert Duncan), took us to readings nudged books at us and had us reading at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State very early on and of perhaps greatest importance ..took us seriously in our efforts to write and find our was.... by college that I was a Poet was central to what ever definition of a Self I had and organized me ...as I began to confront and explore a wider range of books, writers and subjects.
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- A much-loved writing community tradition is returning to the Hub again in 2017. The Boston Poetry Marathon will be held August 18th - 20th, at Outpost 186 in Cambridge’s Inman Square. Over three days, nearly 100 local and out-of-town poets will read and perform their poems.
The Marathon presents a diverse range of poetry styles; academics, slam poets, students from local creative writing programs, and everyone in between rub elbows during 17 hours of poetry programming. Each poet is given a brief timeslot to share their work with the audience. Attendance is free (donations accepted), and all ages are welcome.
You were walking the beach at Yalta,
smoking, alone, beckoning to us
in a woolen cap, clothes too flimsy
for the cold spring air.
Were you a laborer on holiday?
You seemed old to us, though in this photo
you’d be no more than fifty.