walk with Emily

May 7, 2021

Perhaps next year the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and the Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk will be live and in person once again, but for now, those of us not in Massachusetts can easily join in the annual event. “Called Back”: A Virtual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk will happen on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 8:30am Pacific (11:30am Eastern). Registration is required, and free, with donations gratefully accepted.

(in)visible poetry

May 23, 2016

theres-no-bad-weather-just-bad-clothing-choices

Picture this: your rainy-day poem stenciled on the sidewalk…invisible…until it rains! Rainworks, a Seattle-based company (where else?), has come up with a non-toxic, environmentally safe, biodegradable product that does exactly that. It can be stenciled or painted on and once it’s dry it remains unseen until it gets wet. It lasts, on average, two to four months, the contrast fading as time goes on.

Now, Mass Poetry, in partnership with The City of Boston, is using a similar product to create “Raining Poetry” — four poems stenciled on sidewalks near downtown. Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Georges hopes to expand the program into the city’s neighborhoods.

Important note from the Rainworks website: “Please note that Rainworks Invisible Spray will not make you invisible.”

Darn.

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poetry on trolleys

December 11, 2014

Poetry on the T

We’ve talked about poetry on buses and here’s another entry for the poetry-in-transit file: Poetry on the T. This Mass Poetry program puts poetry posters on Boston’s trolleys and “enables more than one million people who ride the T every day — to get to work, school, home, to go to restaurants, bars, parks — to read poetry during their commute, in place of advertisements.”

The program is funded in monthly segments — no funding, no posters — and posters bear the sponsor’s name or logo and feature poems chosen jointly by the sponsor and Mass Poetry. Read the poems, including a larger version of Joyce Peseroff’s “Your Ad Here”, see additional photos in a Metro article and learn more about the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority art collection.

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