Common Threads 2014

Ten poems by Massachusetts poets, chosen by poet Lisa Olstein.

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Image credit: Yetti Frenkel


Video credit: Ryan MacDonald


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Elizabeth Bishop, “Late Air”

Sylvia Plath, "Poppies in October"

Sylvia Plath, “Poppies in October”

Thomas Sayers Ellis, "Or"

Thomas Sayers Ellis, “Or”

Eileen Myles, "An American Poem"

Eileen Myles, “An American Poem”

Stanley Kunitz, "Halley's Comet"

Stanley Kunitz, “Halley’s Comet”

Peter Gizzi, "Lullaby"

Peter Gizzi, “Lullaby”








Come experience a live discussion of this year’s Common Threads poems on Saturday, May 3rd, at 11:00 a.m. in the Peabody Essex Museum, Morse Auditorium. Michael Ansara, Dorothy Derifield, Susan Donnelly, Fred Marchant, J.D. Scrimgeour, discussants. Alice Kociemba, moderator.

Also, new this year, the Peabody Essex Museum will host an interactive art exhibit that allows you to create visual art in response to the Common Threads poems. Artist Yetti Frenkel will be in the studio to guide participants through the process of creating mosaics.

Who can participate in Common Threads, and how do I get folks involved?

  • Common Threads is happening in libraries, schools, churches, senior organizations, colleges, bookstores, and book clubs. Or you can just get together with a group of friends!
  • Here’s an article about how to get a group started if you haven’t already done so.
  • And you can use this poster here to let folks know where and when you’ll be meeting: Common Threads Posters.
  • If you are a first-time facilitator of a group, you might want to take a look at this piece written for last year’s Common Threads by Mark Schorr.

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