Jun 10 2013
Thank you to everyone who has sent in a donation or signed up for a monthly contribution in response to my request last week. I am truly amazed by the generosity of this community. I know how difficult it is to make even a modest donation. I am deeply moved — thank you.
A few of you have sent me notes saying that you appreciate my willingness to ask for help, recognizing that is not an easy thing to do. You are so right. Requesting money in support of the Poetry Chaikhana is the most difficult aspect of my work. I grew up with a worldview of striving to transcend money and material needs. Admitting the need for money, even for the most simple and practical needs of this work, hits a lot of triggers for me. But the Poetry Chaikhana necessarily exists within society in order to reach people — and so I have to play by that society’s financial rules to a certain extent. The blunt truth is that in a hyper-capitalist society, the Poetry Chaikhana needs a certain amount of capital to sustain itself.
The rebel in me can’t help but subvert that paradigm at the same time. That is why I always try to make it clear that financial support, while greatly appreciated, is not a requirement. And when I ask for donations, I hope no one feels pressure to strain their finances. When a donation is relatively easy and feels meaningful to you, then it is accepted with gratitude. But I hope everyone enjoys the Poetry Chaikhana, whether or not you are able to make a donation.
Again, thank you!