Thursday, April 19, 2012

Poetry Window at The Roost in Salem, MA

My poem "The Mapparium" on the Improbable Places Poetry Tour

Seeing my poem about the Mapparium at the Christian Science Center in Boston in a shop window of a very cool place like The Roost, makes me incredibly happy. This is the poem I wrote in 1990-91 which brought me back to poetry. Before I ever knew of Elizabeth Bishop I was writing about globes and maps. The Mapparium is a place Boston area school children visit on field trips. Jhumpa Lahiri has a short story that takes place there, one friend confessed to going on dates there; it's a place where you can walk inside the world and hear its echo.

Notice the paper airplanes flying above my poem

Colleen Michaels has created an incredible tour of poetry in improbable places: on storefront windows and drink coasters,  tucked in menus and other mysterious spots. The festival has not even officially begun, but I'm already having fun.


  1. Hi Susan,
    I saw your poem in that window. I actually shopped at that store--lots of fun stuff. Hope you got a chance to check it out....

  2. Hi Carol,
    Yes, I did go by there and I loved the window and the store. Roost was the only store I bought presents in to take back home. Wonderful bags made of recycled grain sacks. I loved it! Thanks for letting me know that I wasn't the only one that noticed it!