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.
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.
We sat down with Massachusetts fiction writer Rachel Kadish to talk with her about poetry—her relationship to it, as well as the relationship between poetry and her new novel The Weight of Ink, out this month from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
I think the most appropriate word to describe Rachel Kadish’s new book is all-encompassing. The Weight of Ink is set in both the plague-ridden London of the 1660s and the early twenty-first century. This interwoven tale follows two brilliant women in a race against time and I was hooked from the first chapter. The language is as compelling as it is immersive, which is exactly what I crave from a century-sweeping historical fiction.
I ate a Madonna Lily
I heard it grows better in the dark
I’d hoped its white light would filter through my blood
Cast out the impure
I was called Mary once too
Not the blessed - not the mother - certainly not the virgin