Improbable Places Poetry Tour: All-Skate!

OMG! This may be the best Improbable yet!!

The Improbable Places Poetry Tour

Wednesday, February 29, at 7 p.m.

The Beverly Roller Palace
130 Sohier Road, Beverly, MA

What's this tour all about? Well, it's Montserrat College of Art's way of bringing together student writers, local poets, area businesses, and enthusiastic listeners to celebrate the power of poetry and community. Each month, a new venue and theme will be selected. This month's venue is a roller skating rink.

A poem at a roller rink, huh? That’s right, folks. Ralph Waldo Emerson said that “good writing is a type of skating,” and on this tour stop we are testing the correlation. Is good writing just like skating when everyone is on eight wheels with leather tongues?

What’s this month’s prompt? Start with a wheel. Now you’re on a roll. Maybe you’ve got a poem about going in circles, or you’ve mastered the rondeau. I’m sure there are some strong poems about weak ankles and broken hearts. Whether your soundtrack is organ pipes, Xanadu, or the silent geometry of a circle, we want poems that move us.

Hey, I've got just the poem for this month’s tour. Can I read it? We are accepting submissions via email at and in the Writing Center, located on the 2nd floor of Montserrat’s library. The deadline is Friday, February 24. We'd love to read your work!

I don’t write poetry, but I sure am interested in this tour. Can I still attend the event? Absolutely! Come and listen and cheer on the readers at 7 p.m. While you are welcome to take a seat, you are also invited to grab a pair of skates and circle the poets. The snack bar will be open, the rentals and skating are free, and poets are controlling the DJ booth and disco ball until 9 p.m.

Wait! I've still got questions! Just talk to Colleen Michaels, Montserrat's Writing Center Director. She's at or 978-921-4242, ext. 1254.


Fun idea! Enjoy. :)
Maureen said…
This does sound like enormous fun. Hope you'll tell us how it turns out.
January said…
I'm sure it will. Can't wait. And now doubt--there will be video!

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