Mark Schorr’s Review: A Whitman Alive as You and Me

The following review is by Mark Schorr.

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Poets Theater (hold the apostrophe)  can happen anywhere: on a subway platform, in a storefront, or as it did last weekend when the four walls of the Salem Athenaeum opened out into a production in their summer backyard. Ably conceived and directed by Imbroglio (the  g is silent), Salem State Professor Peter Sampieri’s new production company,  the premise is simple: the poetry of Walt Whitman still has important truths for us. [Read more…]

Our Newsletter: The Latest from Mass Poetry

Announcing the Guest Editor of Common Threads 2015: Alice Kociemba

Alice Kociemba

Alice Kociemba

“I have facilitated or participated in eight discussion groups, in local libraries or churches. In each setting, authentic bonds develop when poems are read aloud. Then a discussion moves from elements of craft to layers of meaning. It is as though our molecules recombine when a reader who connects with a particular poem in a meaningful way reads the poem.”
-Alice Kociemba

Using humor and memory to celebrate people and place, Alice Kociemba is the author of the chapbook Death of Teaticket Hardware (2011), the title poem of which won an International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review. She directs Calliope, a monthly poetry series and its winter craft workshops, and is a member of Jamaica Pond Poets, a weekly collaborative workshop. Her recent poems have appeared in the Atlanta ReviewCape Cod Poetry ReviewComstock ReviewInternational Psychoanalysis, Main Street RagOff the CoastSlant, and Salamander.
She facilitates a monthly Poetry Book Discussion Group at the Falmouth Public Library, and is a member of “Falmouth Reads Together,”  a town-wide reading of fiction or non-fiction. She has also led four “Favorite Poems” readings in local libraries. Alice is a member of the Advisory Board and Program Planning Committee of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. She is a psychotherapist and lives in Falmouth, MA.


poetry festival 2014It’s about that time!

Stay tuned for the official Call for Proposals.

Submit your proposal ideas starting September 15. The festival seeks programming that encompasses the diversity of Massachusetts poets. We want to encourage a range of presentations—in particular, from people and organizations submitting proposals with us for the first time. Within that diversity, the highest possible quality content and presentations will be selected.


Don’t miss Jessica Fjeld, Josh Cook, and Lauren McCormick

Next Tuesday, Sept. 9, 7 p.m.
The Marliave Restaurant

jessica_fjeld (1) Jessica Fjeld is the author of the chapbooks The Tide (2010) and On animate life (2006), a winner of the Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in JubilatPoetry Magazine, the Boston ReviewConduitSixth FinchBetter: Culture & Lit, and H_NGM_N, among other journals.She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and now lives in Boston, where she works as a lawyer. joshcookimage (1)Josh Cook’s poetry has appeared in Epicenter MagazineLyrical Somerville, in Plume Poetry Anthology 2012 and 2013, and elsewhere. He is a poetry reviewer for, who featured his essay, “The Problem with American Poetry,” in Bookslut 100. Other criticism has appeared in The Millions and The Rumpus. He is a blogger, bookseller, and magazine buyer for Porter Square Books in Cambridge, and writes the books and culture blog “In Order of Importance.” His novel An Exaggerated Murder is forthcoming from Melville House in the Winter of 2015. l._mccormick_pictureLauren McCormick is a current graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University working towards a Masters in English/Creative Writing in Poetry. She is working on her thesis, which will be comprised of blues poems about North Carolina (her home state), southern culture, food, love, sex, and heartache.


Jack Scully’s South of Boston Poetry Trail

Bits and Pieces                                                                                                                             

Jack Scully

Jack Scully

We laugh,
We cry,
We write poetry,
The world smiles…

Hope you all had a great summer and are all rested up and ready for a busy poetry season.

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Seamus Heaney Tribute, August 27 in Cambridge

photo: Poetry Foundation

photo: Poetry Foundation


Seamus Heaney had a powerful influence on the poetry scene in and around Boston. As the anniversary of his death last year approaches, a group of poets — Doug Holder, Joan Houlihan, Fred Marchant and Daniel Tobin — pay tribute to him. The evening is hosted by Michael Steffen. If you would like to celebrate the man and the Nobel Prize winning poet, here are the  details:

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Gail Mazur: Massachusetts Poet in the Spotlight

 Highlighted by Blacksmith House Poetry Series

Gail MazurGail Mazur, who founded the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, is the author of 6 collections of poems, including They Can’t Take That Away from Me, a finalist for the National Book Award, Zeppo’s First Wife, winner of the Massachusetts Book Prize and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Figures in a Landscape. Mazur is Distinguished Writer in Residence in the graduate program of Emerson College. She serves on the Summer Program and Writing Committees of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown where she also teaches poetry workshops. Her poems are widely anthologized, including in Favorite Poem anthologies and several baseball poetry anthologies! [Read more…]

U35 Reading Coming September 9

U35_LogoYou won’t want to miss our September installment!

September 9, 7 p.m.
The Marliave in Boston

Jessica Fjeld, Josh Cook, and Lauren McCormick

Get the details & connect through our Facebook event.


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August Poems on the T: Dietz, Hoffman, Marchant

We are happy to announce that three new poems went up on the red line this week. Over the next four weeks, keep an eye out for “Pluto” by Maggie Dietz, “Rising” by Richard Hoffman, and “A Place at the Table” by Fred Marchant. Don’t forget to take a #PoeTrySelfie!

"Pluto" by Maggie Dietz

“Pluto” by Maggie Dietz

"Rising" by Richard Hoffman

“Rising” by Richard Hoffman

"A Place at the Table" by Fred Marchant

“A Place at the Table” by Fred Marchant