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.
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.