Founder of The Poartry Project, poartry.org, JC Wayne offers us poetry as a balm for difficult times. Look for her weekly poem here, on the KHL Facebook page, and posted at the library starting next week. Enjoy!
In Which You Are to Realize
In place of fireworks this year,
I send you fireflies.
Their silent beauty.
The golden flash and wink of my cellular
emissaries in the meadows.
Living celestial charts
weaving in the seas of night grasses.
Have you noticed the turned-up volume of birds' morning melody in the absence of manmade flight?
How the haunting nocturnal beauty of barred owls' call-and-response with their young emerges in the space left by late-night adolescent engine-gunning put to sleep?
How the screech of a fox sounds when the blanket of quiet lies over the valleys
and the smell of skunk is so much stronger along the sharpened edges of crisp, clean air?
Have you found this beauty yet?
Have you paused?
Have you reflected?
Are you realizing?
I have laid out my beauty
in all its glory.
I will keep sending my fireflies
far past their season,
keep laying out my celestial maps,
lit of a golden glow whose suffusion
cannot be bottled,
I will keep the barred owls'
beckoning conversation going
long past the younglings leaving the nest,
into the indigo of winter nights
stretching out on snow
when wisdom might meet your ears,
where you can hear my invitation
and enter into my fields kept quiet
and there find a cause for true celebration
written in the living cursive calligraphy
of a thousand celestial cells.
Pride Poetry Reading
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Poets James Crews, Judith Chalmer, Holly Painter, and Linda Quinlan gave an inspired poetry reading in honor of Pride Month. They shared original work and took questions after. Forgive the abrupt start to the video...there were Zoom connection issues that meant the recording started well into the first speaker's reading (James Crews). Apologies!
James Crews is the editor of Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection and he is a regular contributor to The (London) Times Literary Supplement. His first collection of poetry, The Book of What Stays, won the 2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. Linda Quinlan is the winner of the Wicked Woman Poetry Prize and co-host of the All Things LGBTQ cable access news show. She will read from her recently published book of poems, Chelsea Creek.
Holly Painter teaches writing and literature at the University of Vermont. Her first book of poetry, Excerpts from a Natural History, was published by Titus Books and her chapbook, My Pet Sounds Off: Translating the Beach Boys, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Judith Chalmer, recipient of the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service in the Arts from the Vermont Arts Council will read from her second collection of poems, Minnow. She currently serves on the board of Vermont Humanities and lives in Burlington with her partner, Lisa.
Spring Photo Haiku StoryWalk
According to Webster’s, haiku is an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing five, seven, and five syllables respectively. Participants contributed 37 original poems paired with photographs, creating a
Spring Photo Haiku StoryWalk that people can view on the lawn of the library beginning June 22nd. Special thanks to Anne Ferguson for organizing this project.
Climate Change Speaker Series
Beth Sawin - Systems, Climate and the Way Forward
Wed 5/13/2020 6:30–8 pm
Online via Zoom
Addressing climate change and recovery from the coronavirus epidemic requires skillful action at all scales, from the local to global. With insights from models of complex adaptive systems, Dr. Elizabeth Sawin www.ClimateInteractive.org spoke about how small insightful actions can lead to big results driven by the power of interconnection, feedback loops, and self-organization. A partial recording of her talk is available here.
Alan Betts "Climate Crisis: Facing Uncertainties with Vision"
Online via Zoom
Alan Betts of Atmospheric Research discussed the uncertainties in what will happen to our global climate and whether we will show the collective imagination, vision, and resistance to create a sustainable future. Dr. Alan Betts of Atmospheric Research in Pittsford is Vermont’s leading climate scientist. He is a frequent speaker on climate change issues around the state and has worked on climate change adaptation planning for Vermont. He spoke via Zoom on April 28, 2020 and the talk can be viewed here.
Bill McKibben: The Climate Movement, Close to Home and Far Afield—How Can We Get Big Change Fast?
Bill McKibben was going to speak at Montpelier High School on March 31, but unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 virus and the Governor's wise decision to try to flatten the curve in Vermont, the only way to ensure Bill could safely do his presentation was to record it. His talk has been recorded by Bob Farnham and can be watched on YouTube.
Special thanks to: Hunger Mountain Co-op, Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Montpelier High School, Center for Sustainable Systems, Sustainable Montpelier Coalition, North Branch Nature Center, Bob The Green Guy, and Bill McKibben