Wick Poetry Center to Host Ohio Premier Film Screening, Co-sponsored by the Kent Stage and the Western Reserve Folk Arts Association
By Marcus Donaldson
Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center, with co-sponsors the Kent Stage and Western Reserve Folk Arts Association, will host the Ohio premier film screening of Even Though the Whole World Is Burning at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Kent Stage. The film documents the achievements of famed poet W.S. Merwin. The film screening is free and open to the general public.
Merwin is a Poet Laureate, two-time Pulitzer-winner and environmental activist. Even Though the Whole World Is Burning connects the poet’s environmental interests and activism with his writing. The 87-year-old has dedicated three decades to preserving and regenerating native plants on a 19-acre site in Maui, Hawaii. Named the Merwin Conservancy, the preserve is recognized as one of the most comprehensive palm collections in the world.
“W.S. Merwin’s life is not a career, but a life lived with a deep and imaginative consciousness,” says David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center. “Poem after poem, and tree after tree, he has brought beauty back into this endangered world. The Ohio premiere of this beautiful documentary film chronicles W.S. Merwin’s life as a poet and as an environmental activist.”