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.
It's been a while! What's new in life?
I would have to say that the biggest change in my life has been welcoming a beautiful new baby into the world, Emery Quinn DiSarro. I was fortunate enough to be able to take an 8-week leave after she was born and really spend some quality time with her, my wife, and our other two children. A new baby is incredibly exhausting, but it has been fantastic to see her bond with her siblings, hit those wonderful (and terrifying) milestones, and to have a little more time for family.
When did you first encounter poetry? How did you discover that you wanted to write poems?
My father traveled Monday through Friday, selling chemicals for an oil company. Underneath his grey suit, he was a Renaissance man and I missed him terribly. Perhaps that’s what made Sunday evenings so memorable, when he would stretch across the bed and read aloud to my sisters and me: “The time has come,” the Walrus said,/ “To talk of many things:/ Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—/ Of cabbages and kings—/ And why the sea is boiling hot—/ And whether pigs have wings.”
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