The Poetry Coalition 2019

“What Is It, Then, Between Us?: Poetry & Democracy”


Throughout spring 2019, Mass Poetry enlisted members of our community to create erasures, or blackout poetry, of political documents including the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, Letter From a Birmingham Jail, and the speech ‘Our books and our pens are the most powerful weapons’ Malala Yousafzai delivered to the UN. Continuing in the rich, experimental tradition dating back to the 1960s, Mass Poetry asked poets to create altered documents of the originals by blacking out text while exploring their newfound meaning. 

Thank you to the many, many of you who created beautiful and thought-provoking posters, ruminating on the topic of poetry and democracy. Six of these posters have been selected to be displayed as Poetry on the T - Mass Poetry has taken over one half of a car on the Red Line for the month of July.

Please take a look at all of the works submitted below and share your responses with us on social media using .

Disclaimer: The images and sentiments expressed in the posters shown below in no way represent the thoughts, feelings, or opinions of Mass Poetry or any of its employees. Mass Poetry is a non-political arts organization that works to broaden the audience for poetry and create opportunities for individuals throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to express themselves through poetic craft.