Massachusetts

In the fall of 2014, Danielle Legros Georges was chosen as the second poet laureate of Boston, Massachusetts. The author of The Dear Remote Nearness of You (Barrow Street Press, 2016) and Maroon (Curbstone Books, 2001), she is a professor at Lesley University.

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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Jul 25 2017
u35: July (Mass Poetry Reading)
GennaRose Nethercott is a poet, performer, and folklorist from the woodlands of Vermont, currently living in Somerville, MA. Her recent work has appeared in The Offing, Rust + Moth, Cleaver, Hermeneutic Chaos, and Maudlin House, among others. She writes poems-to-order for passersby on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter, a collection of which was released by Honeybee Press in 2015. 
 
Joey Gould has volunteered for the Massachusetts Poetry Festival since 2011. He is nominated for Bettering American Poetry 2016 & his work appears or is forthcoming at Drunk Monkeys, Golden Walkman, Five:2:One, & District Lit. In his spare time he builds decks & makes whistling noises, often at the same time. 
 
Kurt Klopmeier is a Boston writer and adjunct at UMass - Boston and Northeastern. He has been published in Apt, Amethyst Arsenic, Consequence Magazine, and Damfino.
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338 Newbury St.
02115 Boston, Massachusetts

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Landmark Emily Dickinson’s Home Massachusetts
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Landmark Stanley Kunitz’s Home Massachusetts
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poems

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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
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If the water, everywhere, and if she

is. If ghosts, like water, like if all

rivers and oceans and rains are one

ghost, surrounding and throughout.

If she is, like if the lakes and bays

of Seattle define Seattle, if the ices

Of Mars and Massachusetts

poem

"Relinquunt Omnia Servare Rem Publicam."

The old South Boston Aquarium stands
in a Sahara of snow now.  Its broken windows are boarded.
The bronze weathervane cod has lost half its scales.
The airy tanks are dry.

Once my nose crawled like a snail on the glass;
my hand tingled
to burst the bubbles