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.
“The title comes from one of my favorite poems in the collection, Split Map. The title also encompasses how these poems are about the split across generations, across states, and across relationships, particularly relationships with men. The poems in this collection tackle the turn of adolescence, the father who bullies his daughter, and the belief that being good will earn you love. These poems take place among magnolia trees, honeysuckle vines, and in the summer heat.”
a conversation between Erica Charis-Molling and co-founders Abigail Beckel (Publisher) and Kathleen Rooney (Editor)
“We really believe that hybrid or unconventional work can speak to all kinds of readers—that innovative forms of writing don’t need to be and often aren’t inaccessible to readers outside the literary community—and so we do our best to try to get not just people who already know they like “hybrid” work to read our authors, but also to get people who are intellectually curious and want to find something new, and expand their reading habits.”
This spring, we asked members of our community to create erasures, or blackout poetry, of political documents. We selected 6 of these poems to be displayed on the T, but unfortunately, all were rejected by the MBTA.
The good news? We’re still planning to display these poems around the city in partnership with Soofa. Plus, you can view the posters on our website!
View the poems
Read WBUR’s article on MBTA advertisting
Learn more about the Poetry Coalition
I remember the burned-down house
where a wreath still hung on the door,
a wreath, stone-white to our surprise,
useless, forlorn, like a life-preserver
nailed to the shore’s churning rubble.
You said the flames went off somewhere,
strengthened, more vile than ever,
perhaps seeking a child’s crib.