Poetic Skies with Dava Sobel

Author Dava Sobel. Photo by Glen Allsop.

On Wednesday, April 7, at 7 p.m., Guild Hall, in partnership with the Hamptons Observatory, will present “A Sky Full of Poems” with Dava Sobel, bestselling author and poetry editor of the magazine Scientific American. The free discussion will take place on Zoom and focus on how the skies have served to inspire poets for centuries.

Actress Laura Hix. Courtesy Guild Hall.

The skies above have moved us to explore, imagine and express ourselves regardless of who we are or where we live. Across time and nations, the planets, moons, and stars we see in our dark skies, the great telescopes and observatories we have created to view and study those wonders, and the spacecraft we have built to explore the heavens, have inspired and added meaning to all our lives. It is not surprising that such experiences have been eloquent — and sometimes humorously — expressed by poets.

Actor Isaac Klein. Courtesy Guild Hall.

Directed by Josh Gladstone, the artistic airector of Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater, the program will feature Sobel along with a trio of gifted actors including Nehassaiu deGannes, Laura Hix and Isaac Klein. The recitation of a selection of celestially inspired poems will be accompanied by related visuals, including “Apollo” by Elizabeth Alexander, “Annie Pearl Smith

Actress Nehassaiu deGannes. Photo by David Leyes.

Discovers Moonlight” by Patricia Smith and “Three Views of Mars” by Jessica Goodfellow.

“The poets have looked up at the sky and contemplated eternity and eloquently captured the feeling and Dava has curated a diverse, thoughtful and colorful collection of these poems that touch beautifully upon the universe. Her unique scientific and artistic mind has woven a gorgeous tapestry and the three gifted actors will now bring the words to life,” Gladstone said.

The program is free but registration is required at guildhall.org. A link will be emailed 24 hours prior to the start of the program.