Massachusetts

In March 2015, Patrick Donnelly was named the seventh poet laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. Donnelly, who is a poet, translator, editor, and teacher, is also director of The Frost Place’s Poetry Seminar. He is the author of Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin (Four Way Books, 2012) and The Charge (Ausable Press, 2003). He will serve a two-year term.

In March 2015, Jan Schreiber was named the second poet laureate of Brookline, Massachusetts, taking over for Judith Steinbergh. He will serve a two-year term.

 

upcoming events

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May 01 2015 to May 03 2015
Massachusetts Poetry Festival

During the first weekend of May, Salem becomes the epicenter of contemporary American poetry, offering rare opportunities to hear the nation’s best poets read and discuss their work in intimate and engaging forums. For more information, visit: http://www.masspoetry.org
 

5:00am to 11:59pm
01970 Salem, Massachusetts
Apr 30 2015
Author Visit: Elizabeth Alexander

Florence Ladd introduces Pulitzer Prize finalist and inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander as she reads from her new memoir, The Light of the World. Co-Sponsored by Harvard Book Store.

7:00pm
449 Broadway
Main Library, Lecture Hall
02138 Cambridge, Massachusetts

recent & featured listings

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Festival Massachusetts Poetry Festival Massachusetts
Writing Program Boston University Massachusetts
Writing Program Emerson College Massachusetts
Writing Program The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Massachusetts
Writing Program University of Massachusetts: Amherst Massachusetts
Writing Program University of Massachusetts: Boston Massachusetts
Landmark The George Edward Woodberry Poetry Room Massachusetts
Landmark McLean Hospital in Belmont Massachusetts
Landmark Emily Dickinson’s Home Massachusetts
Landmark The Longfellow House Massachusetts

poems

poem
I've been meaning to tell
you how the sky is pink
here sometimes like the roof
of a mouth that's about to chomp
down on the crooked steel teeth
of the city,

I remember the desperate 
things we did
                and that I stumble
down sidewalks listening
to the buzz of street lamps
at dusk and the
poem
The readers of the Boston Evening Transcript	
Sway in the wind like a field of ripe corn.	
 
When evening quickens faintly in the street,	
Wakening the appetites of life in some	
And to others bringing the Boston Evening Transcript,
I mount the steps and ring the bell, turning	
Wearily, as one
poem
In Worcester, Massachusetts,
I went with Aunt Consuelo
to keep her dentist's appointment
and sat and waited for her
in the dentist's waiting room.
It was winter. It got dark
early. The waiting room
was full of grown-up people,
arctics and overcoats,
lamps and magazines.
My aunt was inside
what seemed like a long