So…along one of the many roads that lead to these posts, there was information about a new poetry walk (a recurring topic) in Newton, Massachusetts. (We posted about another poetry project in Newton five years ago and were glad to see they’re still at it.) The new project has the excellent name Make Poetry Concrete. (Read more here and here.)

Thinking there might be a better photograph than the one from the City of Cambridge, we searched the term Make Poetry Concrete and were happily misdirected to a Concrete Poem Generator. (Poetry generators are another recurring topic.) Thus you have the silly poem-ish pumpkin-shaped image above. So Happy Halloween!


October 30, 2019

Get your Halloween started at Open Books with a spirited lunchtime open mic featuring haunting words from Poe to Plath to Notley, plus your favorites, or find something to share from the shelves of Open Books. Local poets Samar Abulhassan and Sierra Nelson get things started. Costumes optional.

Thursday, October 31, 2019, Noon-1:30pm.

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image: Tom Hundley


October 31, 2018

Read To — — –. Ulalume: A Ballad by Edgar Allan Poe

on poetry

October 31, 2017

’Tis the witching time of night,
Orbed is the moon and bright,
And the Stars they glisten, glisten,
Seeming with bright eyes to listen.

John Keats
(October 31, 1795 – February 23, 1821)

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quote from A Prophecy: To George Keats in America
portrait of John Keats by William Hilton


October 31, 2016

Shakespeares photo by Ray Duffy

In honor of ghosts, goblins, and William Shakespeare, spirit on over to the Academy of American Poets collection of Halloween poems. It’s a treat.

While you’d be lucky to find one of the 10,000 Shakespeare face masks (shown above) commissioned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s demise, you can download, color, and create your own from the Shakespeare 400 Chicago Talk Like Shakespeare Day site.

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photo by Joe Mabel

Looking for inspiration? Join Atlas Obscura tomorrow afternoon, Halloween Eve, Sunday, October 30, 2016, for a walking tour of Seattle’s history-rich Lake View Cemetery.
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photo by Joe Mabel shows the grave of Austin A. Bell, for whom Belltown was named


October 31, 2014

found poem © j.i. kleinberg
found poem © j.i. kleinberg


October 31, 2013

found poem © j.i. kleinberg ~ scared
found poem © j.i. kleinberg


October 26, 2012

Incarnate by Maskull LasserreIn case the pumpkins, plastic gravestones and proliferation of spider webs have escaped your notice, we offer a few slightly-more-literary takes on Halloween. The photo at left is, in part, a carved book, Incarnate (Three Degrees of Certainty II), by Canadian artist Maskull Lasserre.

If your refrigerator magnets have gone a little stale or seem too bland for the occasion, might we suggest Vampire Magnetic Poetry?

The ever-vigilant Harriet (the blog of the Poetry Foundation) has alerted us to poetic Halloween costume options suggested by The Academy of American Poets.

And what could be more Halloweeny than a reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven? TeachersFirst offers a breakdown, by stanza, which highlights Poe’s use of various poetic devices. Once you’ve studied the forms, listen to Anne Waldman reading The Raven.

Um, finally, you may want to browse the graves of poets, provided helpfully by, including a list of poets’ grave sites by state.

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