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10+ Questions! is a series in which we catch up with poets who have been featured in our programming. In the latest installment, we speak with Krysten Hill and Kurt Klopmeier. Krysten will be leading a poetry workshop for the "MFA/Mass Poetry - Poets in the Galleries" series on October 31, November 7, 14, and 28. Kurt was featured at Mass Poetry's U35 Reading Series in July 2017. Read more about these two incredible poets (who are also engaged!).
by Ken Bresler
Bridges named for poets are rare. The Walt Whitman Bridge does connect Philadelphia and Gloucester City, New Jersey, spanning the Delaware River. Boston and Cambridge have the Longfellow Bridge over the Charles River, named for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The Longfellow Bridge, which has been under repair since July 2013, reopened in May 2018. Sometime soon, you can expect a rededication ceremony. And when that happens, don’t you think that Longfellow’s poetry should be recited?
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!
I see now that I wrong to read you the Auden,
to think it a comfort, simply being unmistaken
about suffering—what with his ‘Icarus In The Drink’
being of no consequence to the torturer’s horse
or to that dog gone about his dog gone way.
Those creatures were never intended as consolation
and I was wrong to reach for them when you told me
how the news affected you while the world went on in its way unfazed.