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Elisa Rowe’s “Grounding Lavender”

Elisa Rowe’s “Grounding Lavender”

Grounding Lavender Elisa Rowe Wrap a scarf likekneading dough, poola little lavender to grazemy cheek.My body, a slippingfinger on a piano. Mybody, trembling into tune.I want to be soft likebelonging. I wantmy neurons to fire acountry into memory.Routine is like a...

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Getting to Know Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, Author of Girl as Birch

Getting to Know Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, Author of Girl as Birch

“It’s been astonishing to have entered each poem individually, and then to discover that they were interacting with each other. I love the dynamic process of discovering connections I didn’t realize were there. It’s as if the poems have a life of their own, and reach across the book to reflect on one another.” — Rebecca Kaiser Gibson

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Anthony Febo’s “notes on: acts of service”

Anthony Febo’s “notes on: acts of service”

notes on: acts of service by Anthony Febo and so i propose to you to ponder thisin all the attire you may dress Love in  - a night by fire or a stroll under starlight or the pulse of the city - may you not overlook the way “everyday small acts”...

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Getting to Know Anjalequa Birkett, Boston’s new Youth Poet Laureate

Getting to Know Anjalequa Birkett, Boston’s new Youth Poet Laureate

“It took me a while to understand that a poet isn’t defined by complex metaphors or the way they present their work…a poet is only defined as and by the person whose name and essence stamp those stanzas and similes. So in short, don’t let what you think hold you back. Let what you know push you forward.” — Anjalequa Birkett

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The Hard Work of Witness Poetry Folio

The Hard Work of Witness Poetry Folio

Shortly after COVID-19's arrival in our state, Mass Poetry put out a call for poems of this moment and we were stunned by the overwhelming response. In a way, these were poems of witness, asking you to pay attention to what was happening in the world during...

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Getting to Know AR Dugan, Author of “Wanted: Comedy, Addicts”

Getting to Know AR Dugan, Author of “Wanted: Comedy, Addicts”

“People say (poets say) they write poems because they have to. It’s not a choice. Poetry is how they are able to move through the world. Poetry helps me get out from under the farce of the world. It helps me get out from under the weight of my existence, and my complicity in the cycle.” — AR Dugan

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Getting to Know Tamiko Beyer, Author of “Last Days”

Getting to Know Tamiko Beyer, Author of “Last Days”

“My hope is that this project inspires other writers and artists, especially BIPOC folks, queer people, disabled people, and others who have been marginalized in the literary and art communities, to develop new ways of releasing work into the world. There is a myriad of ways we can dream up to engage with capitalism differently and to create and deepen community. That’s what I’m most excited about.”

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Getting to Know Interrobang Letterpress

Getting to Know Interrobang Letterpress

“You hold type in your hands, and that type is energy, captured. Energy that was input to make type can sit waiting in cases for decades, and be used over and over with no additional energy input needed.”

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Meet the January U35 Readers

Meet the January U35 Readers

What is your writing process like?
Mariya Deykute: Sporadic and flexible. I have two young children, and a full-time job, so writing happens around that. Sometimes it’s a half hour in the morning, sometimes fifteen minutes on the playground, sometimes in whatsapp messages with myself on my phone. There are times when I think it makes for the best kind of writing — free from the doubt and hesitation that a freer schedule used to bring, and sometimes I fall into a pit of despair that leaves me wondering if I am losing the chance to write the great American novel because I’m not on a desert island with a typewriter. Normal stuff. Mostly, though, when the going is good, I find that my writing process is often something like a secret affair or obsession, something I waltz with on time stolen from my regular work; something I pursue with feverish impatience when the rest of the house is asleep.

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