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.
From October 1 to November 30, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology will provide an evocative playlist of contemporary poems by Native American authors. Experience the exhibits “come into voice” as you wander through the galleries.
On October 3, head to the Geological Lecture Hall for a lecture, reading, and book signing for New Poets of Native Nations, a recently published anthology of new Native poetry. The event will feature Heid Erdrich, the editor, and two poets included in the anthology: Tacey Atsitty and Eric Gansworth.
Like most people, my first encounter with poetry was in middle school when the curriculum demanded it. But my first time experiencing poetry as an art form was in college when I read Kettle Bottom by Diane Gilliam Fisher. Her collection on coal miners in West Virginia was so real, so honest, it made me stop and really think about how powerful poetry can be. Since then, I’ve been a big fan of poetry and have found that writing a poem is the best way to express a moment of my life.
It's easy! Set up your page by clicking "Join Campaign" on Crowdrise and get ready to write. Participants can write poems, haikus, freeform, sonnets, grocery lists... as long as you're writing in some form in exchange for donations to Mass Poetry, we’re thrilled!
We do not live forever;
I know that.
But what of trying
for the wind,
holding its ceaseless struggle
close to your heart, how my
husband is not a wind element,
the wind, in fact, disturbs him,
and flayed him this morning