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As I sit here in my home in Philadelphia waiting for the next storm to come, after watching the devastating news of the tornadoes in Oklahoma, I came across the following lines in a poem by Carol Muske-Dukes: “I considered / how we twisted into ourselves to live. / When the storm stopped, I sat still, / listening.” (See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15252#sthash.pQbDJvNw.dpuf)
These lines resonate with me as I listen for poems that come through the storms of our climate. I’m still at the very beginning of this project of writing poems on climate change, but the more readings I have done in which I’ve presented these new poems the more conscious I become about the topic. Even as I look back at these drafts and start revising them I find that I’m inserting more and more layers of urgency into the poems, as I allow myself to inhabit this reality and see where it takes me.
In that vein, I’m particularly looking forward to reading poems at an event on climate justice on May 31st at my synagogue, Kol Tzedek, in West Philadelphia. The event is free and open to the public. I’ll be reading poems and participating in a discussion with environmental organizer Jesse Bacon of Environmental Action. This is the first time I’ve participated in an event that is directly related to climate change, and I hope to do more of these in the future.
On June 5th I’m thrilled to be participating in a reading by contributors to HER KIND, a blog associated with VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts at WORD Brooklyn. I’m really honored to read with Anne Hays, a good friend and founding editor of Storyscape Journal, where I’m now editor-in-chief. Anne is an incredible non-fiction and fiction writer, in addition to being an all-around brilliant human. I’ll also be reading with Rosebud Ben-Oni, editor at HER KIND, and fabulous, inspiring poet. And though I haven’t met her yet, I’ve heard great things about R. Erica Doyle. All of this is to say, you should come!
I’m also reading at a gallery in Malvern, PA, with a group of poets who participate in a workshop at Kelly Writers House called Suppose an Eyes (a line taken from Gertrude Stein). If you know anyone in that neck of the woods, send them over!
May 31, 2013: Shabbat Tikkun: A Conversation about the Climate Crisis & What We Can Do, reading and discussion with Environmental Action organizer Jesse Bacon, Kol Tzedek, Calvary Center, 815 S 48th St Philadelphia, PA 19143, 7:15pm
RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/464544870291840/
June 5, 2013: Contributors Rosebud Ben-Oni, R. Erica Doyle, Anne Hays, and Hila Ratzabi join forces for a reading and signing celebrating HER KIND, a literary community powered by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts at WORD Brooklyn, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, 7pm
June 9, 2013: Suppose an Eyes group reading at Salon Des Amis Gallery, 2321 Yellow Springs Road, Malvern, PA 19355, 2–6pm
I hope to see you at one of these events!