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November 2017 Poetry on the T:

November features two runs of Poetry on the T--one sponsored by Penguin Press featuring poems from Mary Oliver's new book Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver, and one sponsored with donated space from the MBTA.

Mary Oliver, "The Poet Compares Human Nature To The Ocean From Which We Came"

Thomas Lux, "The First Song"

Aracelis Girmay, "Ars Poetica"

Mary Oliver, "An Old Story"
 

Charles Coe, "Teaching My Imaginary Son to Fish"

Christina Davis, "Addendum"

Mary Oliver, From "Loneliness"
 

Jarita Davis, "Vista From the Schoolhouse Steps"

Franz Wright, "Promise"

January 2017 Poetry on the T, Sponsored by our many generous friends featured in the sponsorship poster below:

Alexis Ivy, "Poem of Place"

Andrea Cohen, "Station"

Marie Howe, "Without Music"


September 2016 Poetry on the T, sponsored by Vermont College of Fine Arts:

Matthew Dickman, From "Love"

Rigoberto Gonzalez, "things I would say to Fulgencio if I could say them"

Mary Ruefle, "Barbarians"

January 2016 Poetry on the T, sponsored by UMass Boston's MFA in Creative Writing Program:

Derek JG Williams, "Volta"

Krysten Hill, "City Girls Teach Themselves to Fly"

Danielle Jones-Pruett, "Portrait of a Woman in Kitchen"

December Poetry on the T:

Learn more about the winners of our Fall 2015 Poetry on the T Contest, whose poems were up on the red line this December!

"26 Muscles" by Lauren Walsh from the student category
"Station" by Nicholas Ornstein from the student category
"False Summons" by William Conelly from the general category

Thank you to our generous sponsors of Fall 2015 Poetry on the T! Poems were on the Red Line through the end of the year! Please see the sponsor poster below.

Nicholas Ornstein, "Station"

William Connelly, "False Summons"

Lauren Walsh, "26 Muscles"

November Poetry on the T:

Sponsored by our many generous friends in Massachusetts, featured in the sponsorship poster below.

Chen Chen, "Please Take Off Your Shoes Before Entering   Do Not Disturb"

Nick Flynn, "Forty-Seven Minutes"

Danielle Legros Georges, "Poem for the Poorest Country in the Western Hemisphere"

Sponsors of Fall 2015 Poetry on the T

October 2015 Poetry on the T:

October features two runs of Poetry on the T--one sponsored by Penguin Press featuring poems from Mary Oliver's new book Felicity, and one sponsored by our many generous friends in Massachusetts, featured in the sponsorship poster below.

Mary Oliver, "Cobb Creek"

Mary Oliver, "Storage"

Mary Oliver, "This Morning"

Aja Monet, "Weathering"

John Murillo, "Up Jump the Boogie..."

Gregory Pardlo, "Written by Himself"

Sponsors of Fall 2015 Poetry on the T


May 2015 Poetry on the T:
These four poems are by our Poetry on the T Contest Winners! Read and learn about the winning poems and the poets who wrote them here

Tara Skurtu, "Anyone's Son"

Kate Wisel, "Special Sauce"

Amanda Grace Shu, "Comprendre"

Ruth Ballard, "Sunday"


April 2015 Poetry on the T:

Rita Dove, "Heart to Heart"

Adrian Matejka, "Map to the Stars"

Rachel Wiley, "This Is Just To Say"


March 2015 Poetry on the T:

Edward Hirsch, "I Was Never Able to Pray"

Rhina P. Espaillat, "On Hearing My Name Pronounced Correctly, Unexpectedly, for Once"

Hannah Larrabee, "The Universe"


September 2014 Poetry on the T, sponsored by UMass Boston's MFA in Creative Writing Program:

Joyce Peseroff, "Your Ad Here"

Jill McDonough, "The Beautiful Woman"

Lloyd Schwartz, "Crossword"


August 2014 Poetry on the T:

Maggie Dietz, "Pluto"

Richard Hoffman, "Rising"

Fred Marchant, "A Place at the Table"


July 2014 Poetry on the T:

Amy Lowell, "From a Window"

Kevin Young, "Ode to Chicken"

Adelia Prado, translated by Ellen Doré Watson, "Seduction"


June 2014 Poetry on the T:

José Olivarez, “Bulls vs. Suns, 1993″

Mekeel McBride, “A Little Bit of Timely Advice”

Christopher Millis, "Ceremony"


May 2014 Poetry on the T:

Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day"

Marge Piercy, "To Be of Use"

Christopher Millis, "Ceremony"


April 2014 Poetry on the T:

Joseph O. Legaspi, [What Travels]

Nick Flynn, "Marathon"

Tracy K. Smith, "Song"



PUBLIC FEEDBACK

“After a particularly trying day a few weeks back, I got onto a Red Line car, and discovered Fred Marchant’s ‘A Place At the Table’ facing me on the subway car. This—Fred’s poem—almost made me burst into tears it was so exactly what I needed to hear at that moment.”

“I was on the red line the other day and looked up and there was a poem! It was ‘Ceremony’ by Christopher Millis. This will sound ridiculous, but I was so excited! I read the poem, pointed it out to my fellow travelers—it was enjoyed by all. It really made up for my sweaty, crowded ride.”

“I read your beautiful poem [Danielle Legros Georges’ ‘Poem for the Poorest Country in the Western Hemisphere’] for the first time when I was taking the T home last night. It was printed on a poster. Such a gorgeous prayer and beacon of hope for Haiti.  I’ve sent it out to several friends this morning, one of whom spent time in Haiti.  Just wanted to say thank you for this inspirational poem and moment.”


Become a Sponsor

To sponsor Poetry on the T or for more information, please contact Sara Siegel at sara@masspoetry.org. Alternatively, you can fill out our Sponsorship Form and Sara will be in touch to discuss options and details.

A Poetry on the T poster sponsored by UMass Boston's MFA in Creative Writing, featuring "The Beautiful Woman" by Jill McDonough

A Poetry on the T poster sponsored by UMass Boston's MFA in Creative Writing, featuring "The Beautiful Woman" by Jill McDonough

Poetry on the T sponsorship packages start at $3800, a rate which sponsors 30 poem posters (up to three poems/designs) on the MBTA line of the sponsor's choice for four weeks (rates are higher for the Green Line). Sponsored posters bear the sponsor's name or logo and feature poems chosen jointly by the sponsor and Mass Poetry.

Please email sara@masspoetry.org to learn about alternative sponsorship levels.

Sponsorships must be contracted at least six weeks prior to the desired Poetry on the T start date.