Current poets celebrate National Poetry Month with on-campus readings

outdoor poetry

We’re so pleased to share news from one of our current poets, Sean Beckett. A talented spoken word artist, Sean brought his love of poetry to students as a teacher at Boston Arts Academy last fall. This spring, he organized an outdoor reading series on Marsh Plaza for both his BU classmates and the Boston community.

Sean says: This spring for National Poetry Month, the 2020-2021 BU MFA Poetry students (AKA The Covid Cohort) have been doing a series of informal outdoor readings. Affectionately dubbed “Poetry on Marsh Plaza,” (P.O.M.P.) for short, this has been a wonderful opportunity to hear fresh poetry, connect with fellow students, and give the gift of poetry to the broader Boston community. We have shared both favorite poems and our own works, some thousands of years old and some written in the last month! Several spontaneous readers have joined us– everyone fScreen Shot 2021-04-26 at 5.07.55 PMrom a BU faculty emeritus who recited a Frost poem to an undergraduate who performed “Invictus” from memory. One of the greatest treats has been hearing the thesis-poems-in-progress of current MFA students Ari Kaplan and Natalie Bavar read aloud, as well as some of their earlier work.   Thanks to the generosity of the Creative Writing Program, we’ve had a wonderful sound set-up ideal for the outdoor fun.

If you are interested in popping over for a reading on campus, or having us bring one to you somewhere in Boston, let us know!

Thank you, Sean!

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