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Poems for Gardens & the Hands That Tend Them – Poetry Reading

Join Linda Hall Library  for a night of poetry cultivating our collective urge to grow, tend, and heal, and to launch Tess Taylor’s new poetry anthology, Leaning Toward Light: Poems for Gardens & the Hands That Tend Them.
Alongside Ruben Quesada, Anna V.Q. Ross, Patty Crane, Ashley Jones, Hannah Fries, Sophie Cabot Black, Susan Nguyen, Ann Fisher-Wirth, and Jason Myers, Taylor invites readers, gardeners, caretakers, and stewards of the earth to a magical night in the Linda Hall Library to celebrate this beautiful collaboration with some of the most imaginative contemporary poets of our time.
Door open and reception: 6:00 p.m.
Poetry readings: 7:00 p.m.
Book signing: 8:00 p.m.
About the book:
Much like reading a good poem, caring for plants brings comfort, solace, and joy to many. In Leaning toward Light, acclaimed poet and avid gardener Tess Taylor brings together a diverse range of contemporary voices to offer poems that celebrate our joyful connection to the natural world. Praised by the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and Alice Waters, Leaning Toward Light is a rich and successful collection that speaks to our hunger to tend, grow and repair our relationships with the earth and one another.
Several of the most well-known contemporary writers and poetry’s rising stars, contribute to this collection- including Ross Gay, Jericho Brown, Mark Doty, Jane Hirshfield, Ada Limón, Danusha Laméris, Naomi Shihab Nye, Garrett Hongo, Ellen Bass, and James Crews. With a foreword by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of the New York Times bestseller World of Wonders, Leaning Toward Light includes reflective pauses and sometimes whimsical recipes by the poets themselves.
Virtual attendance option:
This program will be presented in-person at the Linda Hall Library. If you would prefer to watch this program virtually, please follow this link to register.


Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry Street
Kansas City,MO64110United States
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