The Poetry Coalition 2019

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


Submissions are now closed. Stay tuned for the display on our website and social media. Those whose posters have been selected for display on the T will be notified in May.

Synopsis of Project

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Mass Poetry is part of 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. This year’s theme is “What Is It, Then, Between Us?: Poetry & Democracy”. 

Throughout spring 2019, Mass Poetry will enlist 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 will ask poets to create altered documents of the originals by blacking out text while exploring their newfound meaning.


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Submissions are now closed.

Download and print the selected text from the document of your choosing and create your art. Each text is offered in letter size and legal size, as well as placed in landscape or portrait. Feel free to get as creative as you would like – using sharpies, paint, tape, scissors, glitter, yarn, etc. Submit your work online by April 30. You must include a signed and dated release with your submission.


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Mass Poetry will include a curated collection of submissions on our website and social media throughout the spring and summer, and we will choose a select number to be displayed on the T as well as in public locales in July. Those whose work is chosen will be notified in May and will be asked to send their original artwork to Mass Poetry. If you would like it returned to you, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. If you have any questions about the project, please email