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“Waking Up to the Earth” Poetry Event at Haddam Meadows State Park

Submitted by Tom Piezzo, Brainerd Memorial Library Director

(June 29, 2022) —On a warm and sunny Sunday, 40 poetry lovers gathered at the peaceful Haddam Meadows State Park memorial butterfly garden on June 26, 2022 to enjoy an afternoon of nature-themed poetry.

Starting with Connecticut State Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson, five accomplished poets, many laureates in their own towns, read selections from the anthology they co-authored, Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis.

Haddam Poet Laureate Lorraine Riess led the event, and also shared her own poems.  Lana Orphanides, Mary Guitar, Gwen Gunn likewise took a turn at the microphone with their inspiring, funny, thought-provoking and perceptive work.  The Brainerd Memorial Library partnered on the program, and was the recipient of generous donations from the proceeds of the book sale and signing.

Watch for a reprise of this unique cultural event next year, by popular demand!

Photo by Tom Piezzo

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