Boston’s Best Local Poets

November 18, 2013 11:00 AM
Boston’s Best Local Poets

" Boston and the surrounding areas provide ample inspiration for poets, be their work social commentary or inspired by nature. There is a thriving spoken word, poetry group and workshop community in Boston that helps talented poets become the best they can be and publish memorable works. While it would be impossible to list all of the best poets in Boston’s history without writing a novel, there are those whose stars seem to be shining brightly in Boston.

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Stanley Kunitz

Though deceased, Worcester native and Harvard graduate Stanley Kunitz is a powerful presence in poetry in the United States, let alone Boston. He was born in 1905 and passed away at the ripe old age of 101 in 2006. During his life, he wrote numerous inspiring books of poetry, which readers can find in a number of languages. The sheer amount of awards and achievements he garnered over his lifetime is proof enough of his skill, but perhaps the thing that set him most apart from other Boston poets and helps him remain relevant in a scene where he no longer exists is the fact that he was the Poet Laureate for the United States "

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