Poet in the Field: Working Through Grief by Picking Up Litter

Sep 30, 2019

Ralph Bosquet at a Cape Cod Litter event
Credit Meghan Carmichael 2019

It’s hard to go anywhere on Cape Cod and not see litter. People leave plastic bottles and food packaging on the side of the road and along hiking trails. Trash washes onto the Cape’s beaches, from people but also strong storms and ocean currents.

Ralph Bousquet is a Cape Cod native. He’s a poet who started a new group to combat the litter problem on the Cape. But the reason he’s doing it isn’t really about litter, nor about his art. It’s about something greater than himself.

Kevin Rutherford, Sam Bechtold and Ralph Bosquet of the Cape Cod Litter Initiative
Credit Meghan Carmichael 2019

You find more information about the Cape Cod Litter Initiative, including upcoming cleanup events, here [https://www.facebook.com/groups/capelitter/].

This piece came to us from our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Michael is a graduate of the workshop. You can find out more about that program at www.transom.org.

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