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

date
Apr 27 2106
National Poetry Monteh Celebration

The Louise Bogan Chapter of MSPS Presents Their Anthology* of Poems & Invites You to Read a Favorite Poem
Where: Lunenburg Public LibraryWhen: Wednesday April 27, 2016Time: 6:30 PMWho: The Louise Bogan Poets and YouWhy: A Celebration of National Poetry MonthExtra: Light Refreshments and Socializing Will Follow the Poetry.
*Made possible in part by the Lunenburg Cultural Council
CALL 978-582-4224 or e-mail meletarte @yahoo.com to sign up or for more information

6:30pm
1023 Massachusetts Avenue
01462 Lunenburg, Massachusetts
Apr 28 2016
Lexington Community Education presents: The Lost Neruda with Poet & Translator Forrest Gander

Pablo Neruda is regarded as the greatest Latin American poet of the 20th century. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971, his breadth of vision and wide range of themes are extraordinary, and his work continues to inspire new generations of writers.

Neruda was born Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto in Parral, Chile, in 1904. In 1945, a few years after he joined the Communist Party, Neruda was elected to the Chilean Senate. Shortly thereafter, when Chile's political climate took a sudden turn to the right, Neruda fled to Mexico, and lived as an exile for several years. He later established a permanent home at Isla Negra. In 1970 he was appointed as Chile's ambassador to France, and in 1971 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Pablo Neruda died in 1973.

Forrest Gander is a celebrated poet, translator, essayist, and editor of several anthologies of writing from Spain and Mexico, known for the richness of his language and his undaunted lyric passion. He is the author of more than a dozen books. His many honors include the Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative North American Poetry and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Gander lives in Rhode Island, where he is professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brown University.

Pre-registration strongly recommended. To register, using a VISA or MasterCard, please contact Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043. 

7:00pm
13 Depot Square
02421 Lexington, Massachusetts
Apr 30 2016
HEART'S EYE - POETRY READING AND MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

About the poet: 
Isabel Marcheselli was born in New York City to South American parents and began writing poems as a teenager. She graduated with honors from Cornell University in upstate New York, where she met and was mentored by the great American poet, A.R. Ammons and where her love of nature and verse reached new heights. Later on, Isabel became the lead singer and songwriter for the band, Isabel and The Whispers, with whom she released the band’s CD of original folk and pop songs in 2008 and toured New York City.  She has recently published her first book of poems and songs entitled HEART’S EYE available on Amazon.  Visit her artist website:  http://isabelmarcheselli.yolasite.com

“A fascinating artist, poet, singer, author, composer...” - The Republican

3:00pm to 4:00pm
200 Park Street
01089 West Springfield, Massachusetts

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poems

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
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
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