RSVP: Invitation to Autumnal Poetry in New York

I get a “poem-a-day” newsletter from the American Academy of Poets (poets.org). Today’s had a message from poet Jane Hirshfield, the Academy’s chancellor, inviting me to the October Poets Forum in New York City. Alas, Chancellor Hirshfield, I cannot attend, but thank you for the  poetic  invitation. Here’s an excerpt:

“when writing, a poet is a solitude accompanied by ink. And yet, any creative expression draws from the world and leads outward, back into the world. We live, think, feel, weigh, sing, in a world-web of others.

And so, it’s no surprise that the Japanese haiku poet Basho, even during his final illness in 1694, might wonder about his neighbor’s fate:

deep autumn–
my neighbor,
how is he doing?

Or that Francis of Assisi would write in his thirteenth-century “Canticle of the Sun” of “Brother Sun,” “Brother Fire,” “Sister Moon,” “Sister Water.” Whatever enters into a poem is family, is relation.

A writer, however seemingly solitary, is one autumn leaf among others, one branch and tree among others–“

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