Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Sends Poets to Princeton Environmental Film Festival
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has not only adopted the red knot bird as a poetic symbol of the modern plight of migrants and refugees; it is sending a few of its affiliated poets to the film’s showing in Princeton.
“It seemed like a natural fit for us,” explained Martin Farawell, director of the foundation’s poetry program, which since 1986 has biannually sponsored the largest poetry festival in North America.
In 2013 the foundation, whose major programs include caring for New Jersey’s environment, had made major financial contributions to the restoration of the Delaware Bay’s beaches following Hurricane Sandy. On visiting those beaches, Farawell said, foundation employees learned of the plight of the red knot’s feeding habitat, which was devastated in the 1990s by commercial fishermen carting away horseshoe crabs by the millions as free bait...