Carpenter Poets of Jamaica Plain

Working on a mansion in Brookline’s Fisher Hill neighborhood brought the carpenter poets together. At that point they didn’t know they were poets. Or rather those who did know kept it to themselves. They were craftsmen proud of their work, re-doing doorways until the miters met tight, hanging over a third-floor balcony with heavy tools, carving elaborate furniture, joined by a loyal dog. After work they repaired to a local watering hole to share jokes, tales, and some beer. That was over ten years ago, and they’re still meeting once a week at the bar.

Reprinted from the Jamaica Plain Gazette - August 11, 2006

Photos by Jon Gummer

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The Poets introduced by Boston Poet Laureate, Sam Cornish, November 2009