January, 2017 MA Arts Highlights

Congratulations to poet, publisher, and human rights activist Gloria Mindock, newly named Poet Laureate of Somerville, Massachusetts!



Check out:

First and Last Word Poetry (a once-per-month poetry reading series) which she co-hosts at the Armory.  $4 cover. Craft beers and food available for purchase.


Cervena Barva Press Newsletter:





[Note: This site is under construction as I move and edit links from my personal blog for 2017.  Everything here ought to be legible and complete (i.e. usable now); if you encounter problems other than pages being in disarray — “About” is really “Home”, posts are miscategorized, etc. — feel free to shoot me an e-mail.  Thanks!  ~ Mignon 12/20/16]

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Poetry News — Highlights of Western, Mass events.


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First Night/First Day Boston





September, 2016

Welcome to the beginning of the poetry season in MA (and a wave to the returning students who keep the city from getting too quiet through May/June of the next calendar year)!

Here’s the Mass Poetry Calendar.  You’re welcome. 😎



HIGHLIGHT (And date correction)

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1pm.


Plymouth’s Annual Poetry Showcase combined with a juried visual arts show.




Cuz I needed to smile today

Because Prince Would Want Us To Be Petty Right Now

And here’s my 23/30 National Poetry Month poem.  It’s the first draft, meaning I haven’t smoothed out the rhyme yet.  So just deal with it — like I’m dealing with still writing my annual Shakespearen sonnet just days after Prince left this planet a helluva lot duller this week.


“Don’t Make Me Lose My Mind!”

Each year, this month, this day, I write a poem:

on the twenty-third of April the Bard was born.

My middle-namesake called an island home

before a banished Duke made It forlorn.

Was Ariel a male or androgynous sprite?

Back then, the generic “he” might be applied,

though flaring-nostriled academics fight,

for tiny-minded, chasmic sex divide.

And, certainly, male privilege reigns supreme

— this country spits on femininity!

MLK and Alice Walker had different dreams

that I could philosophize about for infinity….

But for now my rhyming politics are done,

for on this week came the death of The Purple One.




[Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!  Rest in peace, sweet Prince!  *Title from “The Beautiful Ones” by Prince (1984)]