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WALKING BAREFOOT

Ponce de Leon Alejandro

By Vicki Graham. Red Dragonfly Press, 2023.

After a fire, walk barefoot on burnt earth, the poems of this collection call to the reader. Learn with your body the cycles of catastrophe and renewal in a land shaped by geologic faults and scarred by wildfires. In language at once lyrical and scientific, Graham takes her readers into the aftermath of the fires that have burned in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness of Oregon in the last two decades. And in language equally precise and evocative she ...

THE CULTURAL ROOTS OF SLOW FOOD: PEASANTS, PARTISANS, AND THE LANDSCAPE OF ITALIAN RESISTANCE

Ponce de Leon Alejandro

By Ilaria Tabusso Marcyan. Lexington Books, 2023.

The Cultural Roots of Slow Food: Peasants, Partisans, and the Landscape of Italian Resistance focuses on the work of a variety of intellectual activists, related food justice literature, and documentary films, and argues that contemporary forms of environmental activism, as they are rooted in local food and sustainable farming, are built on Italian peasant culture and its contributions to the Resistance movement during World War II.

This book looks to the hinterlands to demonstrate that peasants, by sharing ...

ROWING TO BAIKAL

Ponce de Leon Alejandro

By Peter W. Fong. Latah Books, 2023.

After plans were announced for multiple dams in Mongolia’s Selenge River watershed, award-winning author and veteran flyfishing guide Peter W. Fong was spurred to learn more about this remarkable ecosystem. On a first-ever scientific expedition from the headwaters of the Selenge to Russia’s Lake Baikal, he and an international team traveled more than 1,500 kilometers by horse, camel, kayak, and rowboat through one of the world’s most rugged regions and a last, best stronghold for the planet’s ...

AGROTOPIAS: AN AMERICAN LITERARY HISTORY OF SUSTAINABILITY

Ponce de Leon Alejandro

By Abby Goode. The University of North Carolina Press, 2022.

In Agrotopias: An American Literary History of Sustainability, Abby L. Goode reveals the foundations of American environmentalism and the enduring partnership between racism, eugenics, and agrarian ideals in the United States. Throughout the nineteenth century, writers as diverse as Martin Delany, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Walt Whitman worried about unsustainable conditions such as population growth and plantation slavery. In response, they imagined agrotopias—sustainable societies unaffected by the nation’s agricultural and population crises—elsewhere. Though seemingly ...

AUTOBLIVION

Ponce de Leon Alejandro

By Trey Moody. Conduit Books, 2023.

AUTOBLIVION traces the difficulties of raising a young child in the Anthropocene. Haunted by the looming inevitability of environmental collapse, the poems invoke traditional storytelling genres to look ahead into the unknown. While also exploring various forms of loss, the collection ultimately serves as a love letter to a daughter’s childhood, an act of preservation for now and of preparation for an opaque future.

Trey Moody was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. The author of Autoblivion (Conduit ...

HEAVEN UNDERFOOT

Ponce de Leon Alejandro

By Diana Woodcock. Codhill Press, 2023.

The speaker of the poems in Heaven Underfoot –by immersing herself in the more than human world of several diverse biomes, from the Arabian Desert to the Everglades, Southern Africa, the Arctic Circle, Great Smoky Mountains, and the Tongass National Forest– has endeavored to make the non-human environment central rather than marginal as she explores and celebrates the sacred within and on this earth.

The poems in Heaven Underfoot qualify as ecopoetry as they exemplify the four features of ...

NOTES FROM A MARINE BIOLOGIST’S DAUGHTER

Ponce de Leon Alejandro

By Anne McCrary Sullivan. Saint Julian Press, 2023.

The poems of Notes from a Marine Biologist’s Daughter honor a mother’s ways of learning, seeing, and being in relation with the world. Some of the poems are explicitly about the mother while others embody forms of attention and perception that are the mother’s living legacy. This work is grounded in close observation of the natural world, often the world of the Everglades and its mangrove wilderness. It is rich in botanical detail and knowledge of ...

THE BOX: A NOVEL

Ponce de Leon Alejandro

By Mandy-Suzanne Wong. Graywolf Press (USA), House of Anansi (Canada), 2023.

A stylistically dazzling novel about things, people, and the forces and seams between them.

Of course, each thing has its own sides to every story.

In a dark and crooked lane in an unnamed city where it never ceases to snow, a small white box falls from a coat pocket. It is made of paper strips woven tightly together; there is no apparent way to open it without destroying it. What ...

MICROBIUM: THE NEGLECTED LIVES OF MICRO-MATTER

Ponce de Leon Alejandro

Edited by Joela Jacobs and Agnes Malinowska.

punctum books, 2023.

Microbium: The Neglected Lives of Micro-matter tells the story of small matter such as bacteria, coral, fungi, lichen, pollen, protozoa, and viruses. With short entries that are organized like a herbarium or similar specimen collection, the book is a “microbium”—both the term for a single microbe and a play on “microbiome.”

As such, Microbium makes visible the often overseen but huge impact of miniscule matter on human culture and the environment. Each entry is a “microscopic ...

DEAR HUMAN AT THE EDGE OF TIME: POEMS ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE UNITED STATES

Ponce de Leon Alejandro

Edited by Luisa A. Igloria, Aileen Cassinetto and Jeremy S. Hoffman.

Paloma Press, 2023.

In the U.S., the congressionally mandated Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) report is currently in development, and groups of scientists from all over the country and Caribbean are overseeing the synthesis of published research for regional and topic-specific chapters. For the first time, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy through the U.S. Global Research Program has included the arts to encourage wider participation in the National Climate Assessment, ...