Poetry, Texas

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Poetry is a town in Kaufman and Hunt counties, Texas, United States. It is located at the intersection of Farm to Market Roads 986 and 1565, approximately six miles north of Terrell.[1] The population, as of 2020, is estimated to be 2,069.

Originally known as Turner's Point, a post office and school were established in 1858.[2] In 1876, the community was renamed Poetry. The new name was suggested by local merchant Maston Ussery, who said that the area in springtime reminded him of a poem.[1] Poetry's population peaked at around 234 in 1904. Its post office closed in 1905 and service was consolidated within nearby Terrell. A 1984 incorporation vote was approved by local residents, but was invalidated by the Kaufman County Commissioners Court due to technicalities. Today, Poetry is a widely dispersed, lightly populated community.

Public education in the community of Poetry is provided by the Terrell Independent School District [1].

In the 2020 Election, the residents of Poetry again voted to incorporate.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Poetry, TX". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
  2. ^ "Place Names in Kaufman County". Kaufman County Texas. Kaufman County Historical Commission. Archived from the original on 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
  3. ^ "Commissioners canvass election results; creation of Poetry approved".
  4. ^ "Far different outcomes for incorporation in Poetry, Ables Springs | Community | terrelltribune.com". www.terrelltribune.com. Archived from the original on 2020-11-16.

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Coordinates: 32°49′32″N 96°14′45″W / 32.82556°N 96.24583°W / 32.82556; -96.24583