RENSSELAERVILLE, N.Y. >> The Rensselaerville Library's Poetry Month committee is looking for a diverse group of poets to come to Rensselaerville, N.Y. for a Poetry of Courage/Poetry of Witness event and a Nature Poetry event. Those interested in joining the lineup of poets already enlisted, for either or both events, should send 2-3 poems and a 2-3 sentence bio in a single MS Word or PDF document for each event at which they would like to read to: poetrymonthrville@gmail.com by March 15. Indicate the event(s) (Nature and/or Courage/Witness) on the subject line. Descriptions of the events follow:

Wild Minds: Nature poetry at the Huyck Preserve: april 23 (3-5 p.m.)

In Writers and the War Against Nature, Gary Snyder describes the wild side of the human mind as large, deep, complex The explorers of the wild mind are often writers and artists."

The Research Station on Lincoln Pond (Pond Hill Rd., Rensselaerville) at the Huyck Preserve is a logical setting for an afternoon of readings of original work by regional poets, as well as readings of well-known poets by guest readers. It is a peaceful place where readers and audience members can respond to poetic explorations of the natural world.

Singing in the Dark: Poetry of Courage/Poetry of Witness — at the Carey Center for global good, April 30, 3-5 p.m. The turbulent issues of the 21st Century (including those related to refugees, terrorism, racism, nationalism, gender, age, free speech, climate and war) have resulted in a particularly fertile time for poetry as well as for other forms of artistic expression.


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The Singing in the Dark event seeks to pack into two-hours an introduction to poets who use both traditional and new forms to address the challenges of living in these uncertain times, as well as to poets who have addressed historical events with similar urgency. Hear poems by regional poets as well as readings (by guest readers) of poems by well-known poets. The diverse voices of those moved to engage these issues, including the often unfamiliar poetry of indigenous peoples, will be represented in both this event and the Huyck Preserve event.