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Lost Mountain

Christy Tidwell

By Anne Coray. West Margin Press, 2021.

The searing debut novel of poet and writer Anne Coray, Lost Mountain is an impassioned story of love, loss, environment, and politics against a landscape facing threat of destruction.

When news of an open-pit mining project hits the remote Alaskan hometown of Whetstone Cove, young widow Dehlia Melven barely takes in the town’s nervous chatter. The Ziggurat corporation promises the mine will be fifteen times larger than all the mines in Alaska combined, but Dehlia’s thoughts are consumed by ...

Climate and American Literature

Edited by Michael Boyden. Cambridge University Press, February 2021.

Climate has infused the literary history of the United States, from the writings of explorers and conquerors, over early national celebrations of the American climate, to the flowering of romantic nature writing. This volume traces this complex semantic history in American thought and literature to examine rhetorical and philosophical discourses that continue to propel and constrain American climate perceptions today. It explores how American literature from its inception up until the present engages with the ...

Ecocriticism and the Idea of Culture: Biology and the Bildungsroman

Christy Tidwell

By Helena Feder. Routledge, 2014. 

Ecocriticism and the Idea of Culture: Biology and the Bildungsroman draws on work by Kinji Imanishi, Frans de Waal, and other biologists to create an interdisciplinary, materialist notion of culture for ecocritical analysis. In this timely intervention, Feder examines the humanist idea of culture by taking a fresh look at the stories it explicitly tells about itself. These stories fall into the genre of the Bildungsroman, the tale of individual acculturation that participates in the myth of its complete ...

Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place

Christy Tidwell

By Lucille Lang Day. Blue Light Press, 2020. 

“The seventy-four poems in Lucille Lang Day’s Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place take the reader on a journey across continents, seas, and time itself. Charged with a lyricism that is at the same time tough and vulnerable, they recreate and preserve images of a beauty that is on the verge of disappearing or has already disappeared. Sometimes it is the beauty of the rain forests of Costa Rica or the birds of the Galápagos ...

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 ...

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