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Bessy Reyna & Sean Frederick Forbes Read – Elizabeth Park Rose Garden – Saturday, June 15 at 1 pm


Bessy Reyna is a poet, writer and former opinion columnist for the Hartford Courant. Reyna’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies in the USA and Latin America. She is the author of 3 chapbooks and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Reyna has participated in poetry festivals in Cuba, Salvador and Nicaragua and the Hill-stead Museum’s Sunken Garden in Farmington, CT. She is the recipient of many awards including the Outstanding Latina Cultural Award by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award from the CT Center for the Book. (


Sean Frederick Forbes is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence of English and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut. His poems have appeared in Chagrin River Review, Sargasso, A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language, and Culture, Crab Orchard Review, Long River Review, and Midwest Quarterly. In 2009, he received a Woodrow Wilson Mellon Mays University Fellows Travel and Research Grant for travel to Providencia, Colombia. Providencia, his first book of poetry, was published in 2013. He has co-edited two anthologies of personal narratives titled What Does It Mean to be White in America? Breaking the White Code of Silence: Personal Narratives by White Americans (2016) and The Beiging of America: Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century (2017). He serves as the poetry editor for the literary journal New Square and is a founding member of The Sancho Panza Literary Society. In 2017, he received first place in the Nutmeg Poetry Contest from the Connecticut Poetry Society.

This annual poetry reading features two Connecticut-based poets under the tent in Elizabeth Park, Hartford, CT. Anita Durkin will give the introductions.

The reading is sponsored by the Friends & Enemies of Wallace Stevens (, with the generous assistance of the Elizabeth Park Conservancy ( For more information contact Jim Finnegan at .




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A Love Letter to Elizabeth Park / Donna Fleischer



Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Arches Wrapped for Winter (David Wilson Photo)

Dear Friends of Elizabeth Park:

I am a longtime friend of Elizabeth Park. It has been a sanctuary for me for much of my adult life. When my mother was dying from cancer we sought refuge in the beauty and peace of the park. We were apartment dwellers in Hartford and did not have a backyard in which to savor afternoons together. Elizabeth Park became our backyard.

Over the years I enjoyed many a hot dog and coke at Marty’s pondhouse concession; grew older reading Lorine Niedecker with my friends the trees; imagined Wallace Stevens in his straw hat, sitting in the Oriental garden which abutts Walbridge Road; quenched my bicycle-riding-thirst at the park’s water fountain; played many games of tennis & frisbee with dog friends; reflected on Magdelena Abakanowicz’s sculpture “Abacans” when viewing the rose garden arches wrapped in burlap for the winter; and wrote a haibun, a Japanese poetic form of prose and haiku, entitled “nakazora” about the rose garden and its gazebo. [below]

Many  don’t know you boast the oldest municipal rose garden in the United States as well as some of the rarest trees in the country, but that never really mattered to me. You were ample in your vivid presences of every season, in the interstices you are. ~ Yours truly, Donna Fleischer


they enter beneath an aureole of blue sky cupping a rose garden gazebo with nippled roof radiating so many paths of desire

they fall
to the earth they
fall to love

Donna Fleischer
*for Buddhists nakazora is a realm which exists between earth and sky where birds and other beings fly; path of desire is an architectural term signifying a short cut


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Shad ~ Rose Garden + Blue Scholars — Big Bank Hank (Cologne Headis)