October 23, 2022, 10:00 am
Speaking for Earth: An Ecopoetry Walk
“Each and every grass has a song” – Rebbe Nachman of Bratslav
We are living on a fragile and sacred planet that needs us to speak on its behalf. What happens when we attune ourselves to the songs of the grass, the trees, and the creatures that share our world? The act of reading and writing poetry can train us to listen deeply to the voices of the earth. We will come together at the Sheldrake Environmental Center for a nature poetry walk. We will read a selection of environmental poems that will open us up to different ways of speaking for the earth. Then we’ll take a walk and engage in writing exercises inspired by the landscape. Bring a notebook, pen, and an open mind. All are welcome—no writing experience necessary. RSVP to email@example.com by October 19.
Hila Ratzabi is the author of the environmental poetry collection There Are Still Woods (June Road Press, 2022). Her writing has been published widely in literary journals and in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. She is director of virtual content & programs at Ritualwell.org and lives in Oak Park, IL, outside Chicago.
Sheldrake Environmental Center, 685 Weaver Street, Larchmont