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.

Calliope—Poetry for Community Celebrates National Poetry Month:

Saturday, April 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. Even Thouth the Whole World is Burning, a screening of the documentary film that chronicles the poetic achievents and enviromental activism of former poet laureate W.S. Merwin will be shown in the Hermann Foundation Room at the Falmouth Public Library. Poet/teacher/naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield will introduce Merwin's work prior to the film and lead a Q & A discussion after the screening. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

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 is the Jacob Ziskind Visiting Poet-in-Residence at Brandeis University and 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.