Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Poetry is the language of the soul; and

Whereas The words on a page follow the rhythm of emotion, providing a universal language of unspoken
feelings; and

Whereas The Bay State landscape has inspired a diverse group of visionary poets, including Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, e.e. cummings, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath and many others whose work continues to enchant and inspire readers around the globe; and

Whereas A poem, like a cultural artifact, reveals the intimate thoughts, feelings and observations of its author, serving, in the words of Emily Dickinson, as a “letter to the World;” and

Whereas During the month of October, the Massachusetts State Poetry Society, Inc., an educational and literary organization dedicated to the writing and appreciation of poetry, is honoring poets of all generations and reminding the citizens of the Commonwealth of the value and pleasure of poetry,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 15th, 2012 to be,

POETRY DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-second day of August, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts