CUSHING — The Camden Conference presents an afternoon of poetry, “Poets Face Change,” Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m., at the Cushing Library.
The program is facilitated by Ellen Goldsmith and is free and open to all.
You may wonder how a poetry session illuminates this year’s Camden Conference topic. Perhaps not head-on, but poets explore many of the questions the media revolution raises, according to the Conference, in a news release. Poets grapple with the shifts and demands of a changing world and a changing self. By probing beneath the surface, uncovering emotional, psychological and social implications, poems speak to people’s thoughts and emotions.
In this participatory session, ten different people will read and respond to poems from familiar voices like Matthew Arnold and W.S. Auden and from contemporary poets like Naomi Shihab Nye and the current poet laureate Joy Harjo.
Ellen Goldsmith’s books include Where to Look, Such Distances and No Pine Tree in This Forest Is Perfect, which won the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center 1997 chapbook contest and was described by Dennis Nurkse as an “incandescent collection.”
Recent poems have appeared in Antiphon, Connecticut River Review, Dash, Earth’s Daughters, Mount Hope, Off the Coast, Third Wednesday and The Westchester Review.
Goldsmith is professor emeritus of The City University of New York and lives in Cushing.
This event is presented in anticipation of the 33rd Annual Camden Conference — The Media Revolution: Changing the World, February 21-23, 2020, live at the Camden Opera House and livestreamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast; Strand Theatre in Rockland; and Hannaford Hall in Portland.
The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues.
For more information, visit www.camdenconference.org or call 207-236-1034.