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Wrote. I look at that sentence and there it is—the horrible, irrevocable, unbelievable past tense. Lucy died last week, leaving a hole in the poetry world and broken hearts in those of us lucky enough to read her work, learn from her generous teaching, hear that totally unique voice. Almost all deaths are hard on those of us left behind, but this death at 61 seems transparently premature and unfair.
Getting to Know Ken Bresler and His New Book Poetry Made Visible: Boston Sites for Poetry Lovers, Art Lovers & Lovers
So your new book is quite the concept, but it’s not actually a poetry collection, right?
Right. It’s a guidebook to the public art sites in Boston affiliated with poetry: poetry installations and statues and busts of poets. I call it the intersection of poetry and public art in Boston.
I take it that both are interests of yours?
Bresler: Yes, I’ve been writing about public art since the 1980s. I’ve been writing poetry for only about a decade now. None of my poems are in the book, by the way.
Common Threads includes a guide to reading and discussing the poems, videos of the poems being read (by the poets themselves when possible), and outreach to libraries, senior centers, book clubs, and more, in an effort to broaden the audience for poetry.