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 for HUBweek

Partnering with HUBweek, Mass Poetry is proud to announce a new installation of Raining Poetry geared towards this week-long celebration of innovation and creativity in Greater Boston.

Here is where you can find HUBweek Raining Poetry:

Chen Chen - Back Bay T station
Danielle Legros Georges - Boston Public Library at Copley
Sonia Sanchez - Upper Newbury Street (by Diesel)
Kathi Aguero - Tremont Street (across from the BCA)
Shauna Barbosa - Downtown Crossing
Tontongi - West Street, Downtown
Fred Marchant - Everett Square, Dorchester
Martin Espada - East Boston (ZUMIX)

Where are the poems right now?

Kathi Aguero - West Roxbury (by the Library)
Shauna Barbosa - Upham's Corner (by the Health Center)
Gary Duehr - Fields Corner (by the Library)
Tontongi - Mattapan (by the Library)

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

Kathi Aguero

Shauna Barbosa

Gary Duehr

Pwezi mistè, pwezi late

Still Life with Orbs
Danielle Legros Georges

Sonia Sanchez

Pear Tree in Flower
Fred Marchant

En la Calle San Sebastián
Martín Espada

Chuyện Xưa
Nguyen Ba Chung

I Dream on a Crowded Subway Train withmy Eyes Open But My Body Swaying
Chen Chen

Meet the Stencil Artists

Eric Brock
W. Miles Donovan
Morgan French
Marco Kienle