A production of Mass Poetry and the City of Boston

Bostonians are in for a treat when it rains! In select locations throughout the city, the streets - when wet - will reveal poems.

Join Mass Poetry's Raining Poetry project!

We can't wait to bring Raining Poetry to more neighborhoods throughout Boston and beyond in multiple languages.

Donate now to our efforts locally or purchase our Raining Poetry Guide for tips on how to bring this project to your own organization or community.  If you are interested in working more actively with Mass Poetry to execute your Raining Poetry project, please email us at programassistant@masspoetry.org.  

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council,
administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

Sponsored in part by WBUR's Kind World. Radio about kindness for a rainy day.

Raining Poetry 2017

Charles Coe
- Boston Public Library - Copley (both sides of the main entrance)
-America's Food Basket (926 Cummins Highway - Mattapan)
-Mildred Avenue Community Center – Mattapan

Mary Buchinger
- Temple St. Bus Stop (downtown Boston)
-Charles St./Boylston St. (by Edgar Allan Poe Statue)

Jennifer Militello
Dudley Cafe (15 Warren St, Roxbury)
-Burke School (60 Washington Street, Dorchester)
-Flat Black Coffee (1906 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester)

Rosario Castellanos
- Mexican Consulate (across from 55 Franklin St, downtown Boston)

Tanya Larkin
- Haymarket(Congress Street at the Public Market)

Liam Day
- Back Bay (Corner of Mass Ave and Boylston Street)

Mary Clare Powell
- Curtis Hall/Sedgwick St Boston Public Library (Jamaica Plain)
-Boston Common Crosswalk to Public Garden

Found a poem? Send us a picture on Facebook! #RainingPoetry17

More poems to come - stay tuned!


See where we've been

Raining Poetry Archive.

Poetry for a Rainy Day

In partnership with The City of Boston, Mass Poetry is proud to present Raining Poetry.

Using a biodegradable water-repellent spray and stencils made by local artists, the city's Mural Crew is setting out to place poems throughout the streets of Boston. The spray vanishes once dry, so the poems are invisible - until it rains. Once wet, the area around the poems will darken, and Bostonians will be treated to short poems as they walk around the city.

Boston’s Poet Laureate, Danielle Georges, has selected the poems for the art installations across Boston and its neighborhoods, including works in several languages.  

With Raining Poetry, we are able to bring more poetry into the everyday lives of the unsuspecting.

Meet the Poets

Mary Buchinger Bodwell

Día del Esplendor y la Abundancia
Rosario Castellanos

Charles Coe

The Right Light
Liam Day

Tanya Larkin

A Dictionary of Limbo
Jennifer Militello

Give me That Light!
Mary Clare Powell

Meet the Stencil Artists

Black Cat Labs
Lesley University students