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Branches Over Ripples: A Waterside Journal

Branches Over Ripples: A Waterside Journal

By Brian Bartlett. Kentville, Nova Scotia: Gaspereau Press, 2017.Over two years, Canadian poet and amateur naturalist Brian Bartlett sat down beside various bodies of water (bays, rivers, streams, lakes, marshes, vernal ponds, waterfalls) to record his impressions, capturing both sensuous details of natural phenomena and reflections on his life and reading. Making a virtue of leisurely digression, Bartlett’s experiment in plein-air writing wanders beyond everyday personal journal-keeping into a meditation on the rich connections between the seemingly disparate experiences of ...

The Bunch Grass Motel: The Collected Poems of Randall Gloege

The Bunch Grass Motel: The Collected Poems of Randall Gloege

Edited by Bernard Quetchenbach. Missoula, MT: University of Montana Press

Randall Gloege, a retired professor of English at MSU Billings, died in 2013 at the age of 78. This marvelous volume, The Bunch Grass Motel, was edited by his colleague Bernard Quetchenbach, with a Foreword written by a former student (Cathy Ulrich), an Introduction by another colleague (William Kamowski), and an Afterword by one of Gloege’s “wilderness” friends (Howie Wolke).

Ken Egan, Humanities Montana, and author ...

Accidental Gravity

Accidental Gravity

By Bernard Quetchenbach. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 2017.

The compelling essays in Bernard Quetchenbach’s Accidental Gravity move from upstate New York to the western United States, from urban and suburban places to wild lands. In the first section of the book, he focuses on suburban neighborhoods, where residents respond ambivalently to golf-course geese and other unruly natural presences; in the second section, he juxtaposes these humanized places with Yellowstone National Park. Quetchenbach writes about current environmental issues in the Greater Yellowstone ...

Anthropocene Blues: Poems

Anthropocene Blues: Poems

By John Lane. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2017

In the story of the earth, geologists tell us that around 12,000 years ago the planet shifted from the Pleistocene to the Holocene. There probably were poets to sing about that change, but of what they sang, we have no records. Even earlier, paintings on cave walls point toward an artistic response from our upstart species. These early artists painted the Pleistocene’s last great ice age herds thundering past.

Now John Lane’s traveling geologist ...

The Nature of Modernism: Ecocritical Approaches to the Poetry of Edward Thomas, T. S. Eliot, Edith Sitwell and Charlotte Mew

The Nature of Modernism: Ecocritical Approaches to the Poetry of Edward Thomas, T. S. Eliot, Edith Sitwell and Charlotte Mew

By Elizabeth Black. Routledge: New York and London, 2017.

The Nature of Modernism presents the first extended study of the relationship between British modernist poetry and the environment. Challenging reductive associations of modernism as predominantly anthropocentric in character and urban in focus, the book’s central argument is that within British modernist poetry there is a clear and sustained interest in the natural world which has yet ...

Climate Crisis and the 21st-Century British Novel

Climate Crisis and the 21st-Century British Novel

By Astrid Bracke. New York: Bloomsbury Academic, Environmental Cultures Series, 2017.

The challenge of rapid climate change is forcing us to rethink traditional attitudes to nature. This book is the first study to chart these changing attitudes in 21st-century British fiction. Climate Crisis and the 21st-Century British Novel examines twelve works that reflect growing cultural awareness of climate crisis and participate in the reshaping of the stories that surround it. Central to this renegotiation are four narratives: environmental collapse, pastoral, ...

The Spiral Jetty Encyclo: Exploring Robert Smithson’s Earthwork through Time and Place

The Spiral Jetty Encylo: Exploring Robert Smithson’s Earthwork through Time and Place By Hikmet Sidney Loe. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2017. Copublished with the Tanner Trust Fund, J. Willard Marriott Library. (from the press’ website):  Robert Smithson’s earthwork, Spiral Jetty (1970), an icon of the Land Art movement of the 1960s and 1970s, is located on the northern shores of Utah’s Great Salt Lake. Smithson built a masterpiece from local materials, one that spirals counterclockwise into the lake and appears or is submerged with ...

Piano Tide

Piano Tide

By Kathleen Dean Moore. Berkeley: Counterpoint Press, 2016

Piano Tide has been awarded the 2017 WILLA Award for Creative Nonfiction, from the literary organization, Women Writing the West. The book was also a finalist for the 2017 ASLE Environmental Creative Book Award.

Piano Tide is the debut novel by award-winning naturalist, philosopher, activist, and author Kathleen Dean Moore. Set in coastal Alaska, the book tells the “savagely funny” story of a town’s transformative act of resistance to corporate plunder, as the townsfolk stand up for what they ...

In the Gorge (Poems)

In the Gorge

By Brandon Krieg. New Paltz, NY: Codhill Press, 2017.

Codhill Poetry Award Winner 2016

In Brandon Krieg’s stunning collection In the Gorge, we are placed on a tightrope, balancing the leisure of Western society against the survival of the natural world. Here, nature and human lunge and parry, conjoined twins in a struggle to the death. Krieg reminds us that our manufactured beauty is part of the planet-wide tableau—“looking down from an overpass / looking up through the canopy / the contrails the sunset / ...

Undermined in Coal Country: On the Measures in a Working Land

Undermined in Coal Country: On the Measures in a Working Land

By Bill Conlogue. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017.

Deep mining ended decades ago in Pennsylvania’s Lackawanna Valley. The barons who made their fortunes have moved on. Low wages and high unemployment haunt the area, and the people left behind wonder whether to stay or seek their fortunes elsewhere.

Undermined in Coal Country explores how two overlapping coal country landscapes—Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Marywood University—have coped with the devastating aftermath of mining. Examining the far-reaching environmental ...