By Stacey Balkun. Sundress Publications, 2022.
Stacey Balkun’s debut full-length collection, Sweetbitter, is an examination of youth, gender, sexuality, and yearning at an atomic level. The collection reads like a fever dream as Balkun uncovers the radioactive darkness that hides beneath the earth’s surface and how it seeps into the lives of those who come near. The speaker takes us with them into the wilderness, wanting the world to be perceived differently, begging to be seen as more. From sapphic longing and poisoned baptisms to ...
By Rebecca A. Durham. Shanti Arts, 2022.
Chosen by Susan Howe for the Marsh Hawk Press Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award, Loss/Less is a collection that addresses grief and reverence for the natural world. These commanding yet haunting poems present an “ecstatic interpretation of the natural world that brings Emerson to mind. Her lush, vibrant language is a hymn, hypnotic—and a warning about our human impact, our ‘monstrous lust’ that threatens” (Erin Malone).
Poetry and Science: Writing Our Way to Discovery
Edited by Lucille Lang Day. Scarlet Tanager Books, 2021.
By bringing science into poetry, we open the possibility of discovering new forms and philosophies of poetry, new perspectives on our relationship to the Earth and our place in the universe, and even new scientific insights. In Poetry and Science: Writing Our Way to Discovery, five women poets—Elizabeth Bradfield, Lucille Lang Day, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Ann Fisher-Wirth, and Allison Adelle Hedge Coke—discuss the many possibilities for discovery that arise from the union of poetry and ...
Climate Change and the New Polar Aesthetics: Artists Reimagine the Arctic and Antarctic
By Lisa Bloom. Duke University Press, 2022.In Climate Change and the New Polar Aesthetics, Lisa E. Bloom considers the way artists, filmmakers, and activists in the Arctic and Antarctic represent our current environmental crises and reconstruct public understandings of them. Bloom engages feminist, Black, Indigenous, and non-Western perspectives to address the exigencies of the experience of the Anthropocene and its attendant ecosystem failures, rising sea levels, and climate-led migrations. As opposed to mainstream media depictions of climate change that feature apocalyptic spectacles of distant ...
Wine-Dark Sea: New & Selected Poems & Translations
By Scott Edward Anderson. Shanti Arts, 2022.In Wine-Dark Sea: New & Selected Poems & Translations, award-winning poet and translator Scott Edward Anderson brings together a body of over thirty new poems written over the past decade, with older poems that have not appeared in collections before, as well as selections from his earlier works, Fallow Field and 30-Day Poems, the latter previously available only on the Internet. This book also includes a generous sampling of the poet’s translations of poems by important Portuguese poets ranging from Fernando Pessoa and ...
By Corinna Cook. University of Alaska Press, 2020.
“It is important to go both directions. It takes repetitions to see where you’ve been. And things look different when you’re leaving—even the air is different.”
Movements of departure and return propel Corinna Cook’s Alaska-based essay collection, Leavetakings. She asks: what can coming and going reveal about place? About how a place calls to us? About heeding that call? Essay by essay, proximity and distance play out on the land alongside the ebb and flow of ...
Animal Bodies: On Death, Desire, and Other Difficulties
By Suzanne Roberts. University of Nebraska Press, 2022.
How do we reckon with our losses? In Animal Bodies Suzanne Roberts explores the link between death and desire and what it means to accept our own animal natures, the parts we most often hide, deny, or consider only with shame—our taboo desires and our grief. In landscapes as diverse as Salamanca’s cobbled streets, the Mekong River’s floating markets, Fire Island’s windswept beaches, Nashville’s honky-tonks, and the Sierra Nevada’s snowy slopes, Roberts interrogates her memory and tries to ...
Here for the Present: A Grammar of Happiness in the Present Imperfect, Live from the Poet’s Perch
By Barbara Mossberg. Pacific Grove Books, 2021.
In this exuberant record of Barbara Mossberg engaging audiences from California to Finland, you will find poems, stories, memoir, humor, elegies, celebrations, travel narratives, rollicking speeches, nature rapture, literary tributes, cooking instructions, and love songs, among other riches. You will encounter mountains and mountain lions, rivers and herons, lost loved ones and found miracles. In her company, you will experience, as she does, moments “when the Universe will reveal itself … as something generous and good, some ...
Film, Environment, Comedy: Eco-Comedies on the Big Screen
By Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann. Routledge, 2022.
Film, Environment, Comedy explores the transformative power of comedy to help connect a wider audience to films that explore environmental concerns and issues.
This book offers a space in which to explore the complex ways environmental comedies present their eco-arguments. With an organizational structure that reveals the evolution of both eco-comedy films and theoretical approaches, this book project aims to fill a gap in ecocinema scholarship. It does so by exploring three sections arranged to highlight ...
By Jessica Gigot. Wandering Aengus Press, 2020.
Winner of the Nautilus Book Awards’ Silver Award in Poetry and shortlisted for the Washington State Book Award!
Gigot’s FEEDING HOUR deftly reimagines motherhood and devotion in the most tender of ways. This book will remind you how to care and be cared for. I’m so smitten with these love poems that dare promise a possible landscape where “…we can finally have everything, be everything we are called to be; Ourselves, in our own parade. Riding the elephant in the ...