The Poetry Project


Plant this poem

Plant This Poem: an earth day celebration organized by Eleni Sikelianos and Imani Elizabeth Jackson

Please join us for a virtual party-poem-planting in celebration of Earth Day. Plantings will take multiple forms: short eco-readings from Saretta Morgan, Ed Roberson, and Maricela Guerrero with translator Robin Myers; a screening from Chloe Zimmerman; a call to action from Brenda Hillman; and a writing experiment from Eleni Sikelianos and Imani Elizabeth Jackson. As a nod to Richard Brautigan’s Please Plant this Book, party-goers will be mailed a limited edition miniature broadside on seed-paper.


My friends worry and they tell me
About it. They talk of the world
ending, of darkness and disaster.
I always listen gently, and then
say: No, it's not going to end. This
is only the beginning, as this book
is only a beginning.

—Richard Brautigan

This event will take place virtually over Zoom. Registration through The Poetry Project's Eventbrite is required. Zoom links will be shared upon registration, one week before the event, and 24 hours before the event. In an effort to build and hold collective community, we ask that Zoom links not be shared. If you have any questions, have trouble accessing your Eventbrite account, or have trouble accessing Zoom after the event's listed start time, please contact Poetry Project staff directly at

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