Documentary Film on William J. Smith: Touch the Air will be presented at the Village Church in Cummington, MA Friday, December 7th at 7 pm. “Touch the Air film puts poetry in motion” -Berkshire Eagle Touch the Air will be presented at the Village Church in Cummington, MA on Friday, December 7 at 7 pm. An open mic with tributes to Richard Wilbur and William J. Smith will begin the evening, followed by the film. The event is supported by The Trustees of Reservations and The Bryant Homestead Committee. There is a suggested donation of $5. William Jay Smith (1918-2015) America's 19th Poet Laureate collaborated with composer Alice Spatz and filmmaker Eric J. Shepherd during the last years of his life to create Touch the Air. Smith was excited by the prospect that the experience of hearing his poems could be enhanced by listening to them in combination with newly composed music and artful cinematography. Unfortunately, he did not live long enough to see the completed project. US Poet Laureate and WWII veteran, Smith was appointed the nineteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1968 to 1970. He was a well-recognized international man of letters. Though he lived in Cummington for many years and remained active into his nineties, Smith was not widely known in Western Massachusetts. Spatz and Shepherd, who produced the film, are both Berkshire artists.