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Thursday, April 30


Even Though The Whole World Is Burning: W.S. Merwin
Limited Capacity seats available

Introduction by Jonathan Weinert and a post-screening Q&A.

Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin has won almost every major poetry prize that exists, including two Pulitzers. His legacy is based not only upon his writings but also on the singular form of environmental activism and land stewardship he embodies.

Now in his 87th year, Merwin has dedicated over three decades to preserving and regenerating native plants and palms on a 19-acre site on the north shore of Maui, Hawaii. Called the Merwin Conservancy, the preserve holds the most comprehensive private collection of palms in the world, with over 800 species. These tangible actions for the environment go hand-in-hand with his poetry, offering insights for an era marked by environmental degradation and human disconnect with natural processes.

Merwin is a vibrant, humorous and challenging subject, and has not been involved in a feature documentary before. This film is an intimate portrait of a man who is often called a “national treasure.” Running time: 60 minutes. 

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Jonathan Weinert

Jonathan Weinert is co-editor, with Kevin Prufer, of Until Everything Is Continuous Again: American Poets on the Recent Work of W.S. Merwin (WordFarm, 2012). He is the author of In the Mode of Disappearance (Nightboat Books, 2008), winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize, and Thirteen... Read More →

Thursday April 30, 2015 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Cinema Salem Museum Place Mall, 1 E India Square Mall, Salem, MA 01970