Monday, November 19, 2012

Poetry Marathon Fundraiser

Lloyd Schwartz and I did double duty last night as we were one a few headliners at a fundraiser north of Boston. Event #2 was in support of Boston's National Poetry Month Marathon Poetry Reading.

Organized at a private residence by Chris Warner, the audience was warm and welcoming. It was nice to see so many friends from the Boston area supporting poetry. But for many, it was there first poetry reading. Every time I think poetry is becoming extinct, I find people who are hungry ... no, starving ... for words. For truth. For connection.

We asked them to give and they gave. And then they gave more. And we are thankful.


Tom Daley

Lloyd Schwartz

Unfortunately, I had to leave early (I had been out of the house and away from the kids for eight hours). But one of my favorite moments came when Lloyd spoke about Jill's book launch party. Lloyd and Jill are friends and colleagues. So he honored Jill by reading her poem "On Being Asked, "What is Poetry?'". It was a lovely way to honor a friend and a terrific poet--with a poem fitting for the moment.

Congrats to Chris and marathon organizer Harris Gardner for putting together a wonderful event.

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