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?
The first poetry I remember hearing was when, as a young child, my father read Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems aloud to me, and I adored the music of those metered lines. I’ve always loved words and I became an editor, but I didn’t begin writing poetry, except for a few overindulgent poems in high school, until the mid-90s. My early poems sprang from having a kind of ecstatic response to the natural world (sea stars on a beach, a great blue heron trying to eat a frog too large for its mouth), and also from an urge toward self-examination after getting divorced from my first husband.
We invite middle and high school students to submit a poem on the subject of John F. Kennedy. We encourage students to make use of the JFK Library in Boston and/or the Library’s website as well as Mass Poetry compiled materials for inspiration, resources, and guidance.
The contest will run until October 6, 2017, and finalists will be announced in late November, after which the JFK Library Foundation will host an event honoring the winners and runners-up in early December.
It may not be good history, but
I have to imagine the paintings
were done by a woman.
An upstart, maybe,
who crept out at midnight,
snuck under the mountain,
and marked its inner walls
by hand and torchlight:
print after print saying I, I, I.