Online Experience

Learning to Love a Forest

I am inviting you to a reading event which I call Experiences of Learning to Love a Forest. This is more than just me reading poems, but all of us discussing and exploring places that have meaning for us.

My first encounter with the forest was ecstatic. A universe opened up, my heart expanded – setting the tone for our unfolding relationship.

The first poem I wrote as I was exploring the forest is called An Amble Through the Forest - First Date.

   A vibration swells within
when truth rises. Ambling,
knowing forest calls.

   Life mingling with death.

Yielding trees with life growing in, on–
softly glowing fungi, many mosses,
infant trees with two perfect leaves,
back to back, taking all
    they face to find sky.

    Small cracks come to life.

    Voice after voice calls.
Slow step by slow step
on leaf-layered, warming
    earth’s membrane. Pulled
to a boulder engulfed in green.

    Globe of life

entangled in tree’s octopus roots.

Ferns, gentle braking waves.
Hemlocks gather, lure with scented needle beds.

    I’m a lightening rod, receiving life.

Starlit sky of life forms
communicating, collaborating.
    A cappella hymn.

Strong winds sweep overhead, gather
branches in sashaying swarms.
    Light riding wind.

Barely standing trees gesture anguish
as struck warriors, brave guardians

    uniting sun and earth.

Join me for this free event! I love sharing my poems inspired from the forest, and receive inspiration as, together, we deepen our connection to Mother Earth.

We’ll begin by centering with a candle.

I’ll give you context for this work and we’ll learn about how we can Dwell — form intimate relationship with — a forest, or our home, or… anywhere.

We’ll all then amble through the poems I’ve written with the forest — the primary way I’ve Dwelled with the forest — taking our time to discuss how a poem speaks to you as I read them.

We’ll then discuss other ways we’ve engaged open-heartedly with a forest.

We’ll close by offering any other insights, or offering questions that will help us all further submerge into learning ways to love a forest.

-Bill

PS- Everyone who registers will also receive a coupon code for 10% off my book Dwelling, Learning to Love a Forest!

DETAILS

  • The next reading will be held April 19, 2022 (date TBC).
  • The online reading will be hosted on Zoom. A zoom invitation will be sent out to you the day before the event.
  • Gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people and are free.
Please RSVP by filling out the form below

Date

April 19, 2022

Time

7:30pm ET

Type of Event

Online Experience

Cost

Free

About Bill

Bill is a poet and an architect, who tells stories through space, form and words. He founded Helicon Works Architects, a unique architectural collaborative community, in 1989, based in Takoma Park, MD, where he lived with his family until 2019. Bill now lives at his wife's ancestral home in Vermont where he continues to practice architecture and enjoy the forest.

Praise for LEARNING TO LOVE A FOREST Experience

Thanks for the reading last night.  I enjoyed it. I appreciate the path you are on, of knowing yourself through knowing and loving that forest.  It looks like a fruitful path.

It was nice to be able to share myself and to hear others share.  Somehow, creating a space with a theme around which people can remember and share their own stories, allows us to feel connected with each other and with the Earth/Forest.  And feeling/being connected is what it’s all about, don’t you think?

Marcus
I really enjoyed the ambience of people lying under covers with mugs of tea, like an online poetry lounge cafe!
Darin

I loved listening to you reciting the poems -- I had read just about all of them this afternoon, and there were all these echoes...

Bob