Mass Poetry believes that words matter. We support poets and poetry in Massachusetts, help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages, and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse. We are a 501(c)(3) organization.
We are pleased to partner with the Boston Book Festival for Lit Crawl Boston, in Boston's Back Bay on June 6th. We’ll be hosting The Great American Poetry Challenge at Trident Booksellers & Cafe at 7pm. Get ready to flex your poetry muscles in this competitive creative challenge! Teams will be led by an established poet — Anna V.Q. Ross, Febo, Ben Berman, Enzo Silon Surin, or Colleen Michaels — and prompted to write a poem together. One member from each team will read their poems aloud, and we'll choose the winning team.
“My book’s title is Memento Mori, Latin for ‘Remember, you must die.’ That might sound gloomy or scary to some, but the Romans didn’t really mean it to; it was more like a reminder and inspiration to use your time well. I wanted the poems in this collection to reflect on mortality and change, sometimes in ways that were serious and sad, and other times with a touch of humor.
Let’s start at the beginning,
twenty-three thousand years ago.
Your parents were the earth and Laurentide,
an ice sheet stretching from the Arctic Ocean
all the way to what would later be known
as the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
If anyone had borne witness, they would have found
a cold crust of white as far as the eye could see.