#ArtLitPhx: W.S. Merwin Documentary at the Garden

Even Though the Whole World is Burning


Documentary Screening

Webster Auditorium
Desert Botanical Gardens

MARCH 16, 2016

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Even Though the Whole World is Burning is an intimate documentary portrait of the extraordinary life of acclaimed poet and ecologist W.S. Merwin. This feature-length film from independent filmmaker Stefan Schaefer chronicles Merwin’s significant place as a leading figure in American poetry and highlights connections between Merwin’s environmental advocacy, his daily horticulture practice and his writing life.

In a career spanning nearly six decades and more than 60 books, Merwin’s poetry and translations have won nearly every major award available to poets, including two Pulitzer Prizes. For the last thirty years this former U.S. Poet Laureate has made his home on Maui, surrounded by acres of land once devastated from years of erosion, logging and toxic agricultural practices. Following a daily gardening practice, Merwin has painstakingly restored the property to a lush palm-filled landscape that is now recognized as one of the most comprehensive palm forests in the world.

A short panel response and reception featuring Susan Norton, Paul Hirt and Alberto Ríos will follow the screening. To get tickets, please go to their LEARN site.

Tickets include admission into the Garden, so you can also stroll through and enjoy the incredible Bruce Munro exhibit before or after the film. This event is not included with Garden membership. Poetry Center Walt Whitman Circle Members enjoy membership pricing (code “PoetryAZ”).


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All gifts will be matched 100% by the Lannan Foundation in support of the W.S. Merwin Legacy Fund. Your gift will help us fund W.S. Merwin’s next six books and keep his life’s work in print.

With Gratitude,

Michael Wiegers
Executive Editor
Copper Canyon Press