As our virtual benefit event Garden of Verses got underway on September 30, even before the first images of the garden appeared on the screen, I found myself moved to tears. The chat box had flooded with greetings from around the globe: Aloha from Connecticut, Hello from Montana, Greetings from the Cayman Islands. Friends new and old, near and far, joined us from 45 states, and 16 countries. And now, a few weeks later, 1,400 people have watched our celebration of William’s birthday and legacy as a poet, ecologist, and activist. I am heartened that despite the isolation and uncertainty of our times (and perhaps in some ways because of them) we came together around resilience, resolve, poetry, place. It was a joy to invite you into William and Paula’s home and garden, and to share our vision for furthering regeneration of language, thought, land, and community. A heartfelt thank you to our special guests, whose eloquence and generosity created such beautiful momentum for the Conservancy, and to all who were inspired to make a gift in support of our work.
If you didn’t have a chance to watch Garden of Verses or would like to watch it again, you will find a link below. You’ll also find a link to the list of poems read by our guest contributors, along with time stamps so you can easily revisit your favorite readings. We will keep our presentation up and available for viewing until Tuesday, October 27. Please share the link, and encourage others to join us in stewarding this legacy and the place born of it.
Sending aloha your way,
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