The Chilmark library celebrates National Poetry Month on April 27 at 1 pm with a presentation of “Even Though the Whole World Is Burning,” a documentary film that chronicles the poetic achievements and environmental activism of former poet laureate W.S. Merwin. Following the film, according to a press release, Alice Kociemba, the founding director of Calliope Poetry for Community, will lead a poetry writing workshop, Poetry’s 3Rs: Reverie, Reverence, and Respect, that uses Merwin’s poems to generate new work.
Kociemba is the author of “Bourne Bridge” (Turning Point, 2016), one section of which, “marsh,” collects her nature poems. As founding director of Calliope Poetry for Community, she has organized poetry workshops at the West Falmouth library, the Falmouth library, and at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. Calliope’s current project, in partnership with Bass River Press, is publishing a poetry anthology about Cape Cod and the Islands that will be released in 2020.