In Praise of the Earth

Directed by 

A Benefit for Clara Gardner

at Pleasant Street Theater
Sunday April 26 at 6:00pm only!
Special Admission of $8.00

"Wally Swist's poems are full of clean perceptions and clear, proportionate feeling.  They have a fine balance, doing justice to the natural, the human, and the divine, and treating none of these as refuge from another.  As a grateful reader, I applaud him." - Richard Wilbur

The language of Wally Swist's poems is an offering of the trancendent in nature.  Swist has published his deeply felt and numinous moments in myriad literary journals as well as nine chapbooks and four books of poetry to date - with one on the way.  Framing his work through the matrix of natural images, Hadley-based filmmaker Elizabeth Wilda leads viewers through the unspoiled reaches of the Pioneer Valley, centering much of her inquiry on Fort Juniper, in Amherst.  Built in 1939 by Swist's late friend, mentor and contemporary of Robert Frost, poet Robert Francis, the cabin home has been a rotating artist's retreat since 1987, where Swist has been favored with three year-long stints as poet-in-residence.  Directed Elizabeth Wilda.  24 mins, NR.

The poet and the filmmaker will be on hand for questions after the screening. This event was made possible through the support of Senator Stan Rosenberg and benefits Clara Gardner, a Northampton teenager who was seriously injured when struck by a drunk driver last August.