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

date
Dec 19 2017
First and Last Word Poetry
Doors 6:30 pm. Third Tuesday of every month, with different featured poets each time, and a chance to read your own work during the open mic section at the end.
 
Hosted by Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock
 
Tickets: $4
7:00pm
191 Highland Avenue, Suite 1-C
02143 Somerville, Massachusetts
Nov 21 2017
First and Last Word Poetry
Doors 6:30 pm. Third Tuesday of every month, with different featured poets each time, and a chance to read your own work during the open mic section at the end.
 
Hosted by Harris Gardner and Gloria Mindock
 
Tickets: $4
7:00pm
191 Highland Avenue, Suite 1-C
02143 Somerville, Massachusetts
Nov 28 2017
U35 Poetry Series
Join us in conjunction with Mass Poetry for a bi-monthly reading series that promotes and bolsters Massachusetts poets under 35 while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other poets under 35.
 
7:00pm
338 Newbury Street
02115 Boston, Massachusetts

recent & featured listings

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Literary Magazine AGNI Massachusetts
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Literary Magazine Boston Literary Magazine Massachusetts
Literary Magazine Boston Review Massachusetts
Writing Program Boston University Massachusetts
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Literary Organization Concord Poetry Center Massachusetts

poems

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

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
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