â€œThe Power of the Butterfly:â€ How Books Have Changed Our World–War and Peace, Civil and Human Rights, and Environmental Law
Ink is dripping from the corners of my lipsâ€”there is no happiness like mineâ€”I have been eating poetry! Thatâ€™s Mark Strand in a library, when he was poet laureate of the United States for the Library of Congress, founded by Thomas Jefferson who started it with his own library, and what he called HIS â€œcanine appetiteâ€ for readingâ€”arrrgh–and this is Professor Barbara Mossberg, as Pacific Groveâ€™s Poet in Residence, speaking for the Pacific Grove Friends of the Libraryâ€”Iâ€™m giving a Grovian, groovy, dripping and barking lecture called The Power of the Butterflyâ€”how books change the world, October 7, 7pm, at the Library. We know that in history when a group wants to destroy freedom it first bans and burns booksâ€”closes librariesâ€”shuts down literacy–writers are banned and burnedâ€”what? These marginal wise guys and wild guys and drooping spinsters and scandalous ladies, scratching on clay, trembling in attics, so powerful? Really? Thatâ€™s my story and Iâ€™m sticking to it: October 7! Iâ€™m going to talk about booksâ€™ role in civil and human rights, environmental laws, and war and peace! Itâ€™s a tale of movers and shakers of our world, heroism, courage, heartbreak, inspiration on epic and nano scales, as writers use their moral imaginations to give us a vision of possibility, a brave new world, conscience and consciousness. So bring that canine appetite of yours down to the library. Join me at Pacific Grove Public Library, October 7, 7 pm, itâ€™s free, like the best things of life, thereâ€™s food, for thought and literally! Iâ€™m Barbara Mossberg, your host of KRXA 540AMâ€™s The Poetry Slow Down, and Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing you then, for whatâ€™s at stake in libraries for each of us, civic life and death! Iâ€™m just sayin. October 7, 7 pm, Iâ€™ll see you there!