**Update: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the library is closed indefinitely. Tech Drop In Help is going virtual on Wednesday from 10am-12pm. Call Brook at 207-479-3933 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. We miss seeing you all at the library and are looking forward to opening again once it’s safe.**
Reading Poetry Together with Bea Gates
The Brooksville Free Public Library is offering two poetry workshops with Bea Gates. All workshops will take place over Zoom and are offered for free. Space is limited.
On Thursday, September 3 and 10 from 6-8pm, we will celebrate the work of Joy Harjo, our 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, who writes incantations that demand facing brokenness and loss with an imagination as wide and hope-filled as the horizon and with anger that deepens the cause of poetry as a force for healing. A member of the Muskogee Nation, she has published nine poetry books, including An American Sunrise; Conflict Resolution for Holy Being; The Woman Who Fell from the Sky and In Mad Love and War as well as the searing memoir, Crazy Brave. We will allow the experience of listening and reading her poems to create a flow of responses and awakenings, including her performing, playing her saxophone and flutes, with the Arrow Dynamics Band and Poetic Justice.
Joy Harjo has accepted re-appointment as our Poet Laureate for two more years, so we will be accompanied by her deep vision and full expression as we travel forward. We will provide samples from Harjo in text, audio and performances on YouTube for you to explore. Please have the relevant assigned materials for each session (downloaded) beside you for our discussion.
On September 17, 24, October 1, and 8, from 6-8pm we will offer Poets of the World: Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda. This is a four-week offering with two sessions on each poet with overlapping content. Neruda would be in translation. Bea was lucky to have studied with Alastair Reid, the first English language translator of Neruda.
These are poets for this time! They are inspiring and unafraid, and the link between them is dynamic in terms of calling out the courage of all people and bringing gorgeous language to honor working people and the power of love.