The Poetry Coalition 2019

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

In November 2015, more than 20 nonprofit poetry organizations joined forces to form a national Poetry Coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds.

 
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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 #PoetryCoalition and #PoetryandDemocracy.

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.

Check out Jun-Hong Chen’s video of creating an erasure poem!

Adrian Santiago Ortiz

Agnese Palumbo

Alex Clement

Amos Batalden

Anna Cisler

Becca Van Horn

Cara Smith

Adrian Santiago Ortiz

Ali Khan

Amy Bates

Anthony Kennard

Carly Lazarus

Catherine Fahey

Destiny Maitland

Diana Willand

Emilesion Fernandes

Emma Corcoran

Frances Donovan

Durane West

Frances Donovan

Ganjeet Juneja

Grace Pariser

Hannah Brilliant

Jason Stillerman

Jeffrey Thomson

Jodi Colella and Wendy Drexler

Joel de los Santos

Hannah Brilliant

Hannah Brilliant

Jeffrey Thomson

Jeffrey Thomson

Jeffrey Thomson

Jessica Costello

Jonathan Tucker

Judy Hoyer

Julia Haney

K’Nen Marrero

Katrina Wilson

Laetitia Rouleau Reduron

Julia Toplyn

Katrina Wilson

Kyle Johnson

Lisa Bolduc

Lisa Bolduc

Mary Alice Burke

Mary Bonina

Mary Bonina

Masha Klo

Melissa Silva

Nitya Sompuram

Pilar Quintana

Megan Bannon

Melissa Silva

Melissa Silva

Naomi Askenazi

Phoebe Bradford

Pilar Quintana

Renuka Raghavan

Rachel Griffin

Rebecca MacLean

Renuka Raghavan

Riya Raghavan

Ruby Sattar

Saorsie Beare

Ruby Sattar

Sandy Sprague

Sara Siegel

Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa

Sarah Sousa

Savannah Curro

Spencer Friedman

Tasbiha Batool

Tasbiha Batool

Zayna Hopkins

Yaw Boateng - front of image

Valentina Marianna Parenti

Yaw Boateng - back of image