Poetry for Community

Calliope periodically presents special reading to raised funds local charitable organizations. Our last fundraiser, for the Falmouth Service Center, helped to raise enough money to feed a family of four for a year. Please check back to learn about future events, or e-mail calliopepoetrycommunity@gmail.com.

Past Events

Movie Screening: Even Though the Whole World is Burning

On April 8, 2017, Calliope was pleased to screen Even Through the Whole World Is Burning, a documentary film chronicling the poetic achievents and environmental activism of former poet laureate W.S. Merwin in the Hermann Foundation Room at the Falmouth Public Library. Poet/teacher/naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield introduced Merwin's work prior to the film and led a Q & A discussion after the screening.

Here's how a New Yorker Magazine article by Casey N. Cepo (April 29, 2015) described the film:

"On the last day of the world/I would want to plant a tree." The opening couplet of his poem "Place," those lines are the manifesto of a man who, for forty years, planted a tree every day that he could, restoring nineteen acres of land in Haiku, Hawaii, even as it seemed the world might well be ending, first from military conflict and then from ecological crisis. The film is a chronicle of a man struggling to make meaning through tiny, trembling acts. The palm forest, like Merwin's poetry, has become a kind of prophetic stance against contemporary life: bearing witness to individual, almost foolish acts of creativity while devastation abounds."

W.S. Merwin is one of the most influential and honored poets in modern American history. The author of 50 books of poetry, translation, and prose. Merwin is the 17th Poet Laureate of the United States, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and a recepient of the National Book Award. His latest poetry collection, Garden Time, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press.

Elizabeth Bradfield is an award-winning author of three collections of poetry and an associate professor at Brandeis University. She also teaches in the low-residency MFA program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She lives on Cape Cod and works as a naturalist locally, as well as on expedition ships around the world.

Poetry on the Margin: A Reading to Support the Falmouth Service Center

On Feb. 14, 2016, Calliope hosted poets Danielle Legros-George (the poet laureate of Boston) and Jennifer Jean in a reading to support The Falmouth Service Center. The reading raised $250 for the center, an amount that the Center says can feed a family of four for one year.

The mission of the Falmouth Service Center is "to ease stress, reduce huner, and improve the quality of life for our neighbors in need." It works to increase self-sufficiency by helping to build networks among clients, neighbors, and agencies. To learn more, go
to falmouthservicecenter.org.