Massachusetts

In 2015, Danielle Legros Georges was named poet laureate Boston, Massachusetts. Georges will serve a four-year term.

upcoming events

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Mar 12 2019
WLP Reading Series: Evie Shockley Reading

Evie Shockley is the author of semiautomatic (2017), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the LA Times Book Prize. She has published four other collections of poetry—including the new black (2011), which won the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award—and a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). Her honors include the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry and the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize. She is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and an English Professor at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

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6:00pm
216 Tremont Street
02116 Boston, Massachusetts
Jan 29 2019
January U35 Reading with Mass Poetry
U35 is a bi-montly reading series for poets under 35. The series seeks to promote and bolster Massachusetts poets under the age of 35 while giving them a venue to share their work and connect with other poets. If you are a poet under 35, sign up to read at a future event!
 
January's U35 reading will be on Jan. 29, 7-8:30pm at Trident Booksellers & Cafe. Our readers are Cassandra de Alba, Aly Pierce, and David G. Walker. Read all about them below!
 
Cassandra de Alba's work has appeared in Gabby, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Smoking Glue Gun, Spy Kids Review & The Shallow Ends, among other publications. Her chapbooks habitats (Horse Less Press, 2016) and ORB (Reality Hands, 2018) are about deer and the moon, respectively. She is a co-host at the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge and an associate editor at Pizza Pi Press.
 
Aly Pierce lives in Salem, Massachusetts where she waits tables and mails you records from Deathwish Inc.
 
David G. Walker is married to the love of his life and is the father to two precocious kids. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Pause: A Collection of Moment Poems and Donating Organs in Boxes from Finishing Line Press, and Ifs, Ifs, Ifs from Cervena Barva Press. He teaches high school in Springfield, MA and edits the podcast literary magazine Golden Walkman Magazine.
 
7:00pm
338 Newbury Street
02115 Boston, Massachusetts

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poems

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There is a movie called "She's Gotta Have It."
There is a blizzard in Massachusetts today.
Twenty-one people died in Chicago last night.
Two of my friends live there,
but I have never wanted to live there
because it is cold there and people die
from the cold and the wind and from each other.
There is a movie
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We draw breath from brick
          step on stones, weather-worn,
                    cobbled and carved  

with the story of this church,
          this meeting house,
                    where Ben Franklin was baptized

and Phillis Wheatley prayed—a mouth-house
          where

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"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