February 20, 2021

Luz at Midnight

Christy Tidwell

By Marisol Cortez. FlowerSong Press, 2020. 

Deeply embedded in the landscapes of South Texas, Luz at Midnight tells the story of an ill-timed love that unfolds in the time of climate change. Booksmart but naive, Citlali Sanchez-O’Connor has just been hired to organize a San Antonio campaign against “gleaning,” a controversial new mining practice that promises a rapid transition away from fossil fuels. In the process, she soon encounters Joel Champlain, a journalist struggling to hide his manic-depression he uncovers the corrupt politics that surround ...

Through the Second Skin

Christy Tidwell

By Derek Sheffield. Orchises Press, 2013. 

Through the Second Skin, which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, the Walt Whitman Award, and the Emily Dickinson First Book Award, offers us lyric poems set in the author’s native Northwest. Written over the course of a decade, Derek Sheffield’s first collection is the work of a mature artist assured in his craft and at home in a variety of forms. It is the poetry of the human, middle ground, of distances approached but ...

Not for Luck

Christy Tidwell

By Derek Sheffield. Wheelbarrow Books, 2021. 

Winner of the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize (selected by Mark Doty), Not for Luck ushers us into the beauty and grace that comes from giving attention to the interconnections that make up our lives. In particular, these poems explore a father’s relationship with his daughters, which is rooted in place and time. There is tenderness and an abiding ecological consciousness, but also loss and heartache, especially about environmental degradation. We are invited to listen to the languages of ...

The Nature of Hate and the Hatred of Nature in Hispanic Literatures

Christy Tidwell

By Beatriz Rivera-Barnes. Lexington Books, 2020. 

The Nature of Hate and the Hatred of Nature in Hispanic Literatures retraces the “nature of hatred” and the “hatred of nature” from the earliest traditions of Western literature including Biblical texts, Medieval Spanish literature, early Spanish Renaissance texts, to nineteenth- and twentieth-century Iberian and Latin American literatures. The nature of hate is neither hate in its weakened form, as in disliking or loving less, nor hate in its righteous form, as in “I hate hatred,” rather hate ...

Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era

Christy Tidwell

By Cara Judea Alhadeff. Eifrig Publishing, 2019. 

Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle, A Cautionary Fable for the Anthropocene Era is cross-cultural, intergenerational book about climate justice, interracial families, love, and deep science. Endorsed by Noam Chomsky, Eve Ensler, James E. Hansen, Rabbi Lerner, David Orr, SHKG Humpty Hump, Thom Hartmann, Paul Hawken, and Bill McKibben among other activists, and scientists, Zazu Dreams unravels the complexities of our climate crisis as it celebrates our interconnectedness through indigenous wisdoms, economic, literary, environmental science, and historical resources. ...

Viscous Expectations: Justice, Vulnerability, the Ob-scene

Christy Tidwell

By Cara Judea Alhadeff. Penn State University Press, 2013. 

Viscous Expectations: Justice, Vulnerability, The Ob-scene scrutinizes how racial hygiene, misogyny, and anti-intellectualism configure the troubled yet vital concept of sustainability. Fusing theory and image, Viscous Expectations explores vulnerability of the body as a strategy for collaborative justice. It covers a spectrum of political, philosophical, and personal subjects woven throughout ninety-two of Alhadeff’s color photographs and video stills, 522 pages of theoretical text, and extensive footnotes that present polyvalent, overlapping narratives.

This fusion of theory and image explores the social and ...