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Dwelling: An Ecopoem

By Scott Edward Anderson. Shanti Arts, LLC. 2018

A sequence of poems and prose questions, Dwelling: an ecopoem began as a conversation with Martin Heidegger’s essay “Building Dwelling Thinking” and became an expansive journey into the notion of home. With sharp focus, at once moving and lyric, Scott Edward Anderson explores the many facets of our dwelling on earth by drawing upon elements of nature, community, place, and love. Along the way, Anderson considers the impact of language, writing, displacement, and the city as ...

The Bones of My Grandfather (Eco-Poetry without Borders)

Translated by Steven F. White. Madrid: Amargord Ediciones, 2018

ASLE member Steven F. White translated a dual language edition of The Bones of My Grandfather (Eco-Poetry Without Borders) by Nicaraguan poet Esthela Calderón (Madrid: Amargord Ediciones, 2018). The anthology drawn from eight works originally published in Spanish also includes a list of botanical references to the nearly 100 medicinal plants (with their popular and scientific names) that appear in the poems.

Mary Oliver’s Grass Roots Poetry

By Dee Horne. Peter Lang, Inc. December, 2018.

Mary Oliver’s Grass Roots Poetry examines the poetry and essays of Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver. Her writing offers an environmental ethics that is relevant to readers interested not only in poetry but also environmental writing. She neither replicates hierarchical relationships nor romanticizes nature. In situating all as kin while also respecting differences, Oliver creates a grassroots poetics and an environmental ethics that invite readers to rethink our responsibilities and how we interact with others, ...

Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio’s Natural Landscape

By Deborah Fleming. The Kent State University Press. April, 2019 

Yosemite National Park, Louisiana’s bayou, the rocky coasts of New England, the desert Southwest—America’s more dramatic locations are frequently celebrated for their natural beauty, but far less has been written about Ohio’s unique and beautiful environment. Author Deborah Fleming, who has lived in rural Ohio and cared for its land for decades, shares fourteen interrelated essays, blending her own experiences with scientific and literary research. Resurrection of the Wild discusses both natural and human ...

EVERGREEN ASH: Ecology and Catastrophe in Old Norse Myth and Literature

By Christopher Abram. University of Virginia Press. February 2019.

“Old Norse studies sometimes lags behind other fields in assimilating new critical and theoretical approaches, and this has certainly been the case with ecocriticism. The tide is turning, however, and medieval Icelandic literature offers very rich material for the environmental humanities. As the first book-length ecocritical study in its field, Evergreen Ash will become the key reference point for everyone interested in how Old Norse Icelandic literature and ecocriticism might illuminate each other.”— Carl ...

The Voice of Nature in Ted Hughes’s Writing for Children: Correcting Culture’s Error

By Lorraine Kerslake. Taylor Fracis Limited. 2018. 

This book identifies the importance of Hughes’s children’s writing from an ecocritical perspective and argues that the healing function that Hughes ascribes to nature in his children’s literature is closely linked to the development of his own sense of environmental responsibility. This book will be the first sustained examination of Hughes’s greening, providing a detailed reading of Hughes’s children’s writing through his poetry, prose and drama, as well as his critical essays and letters. In addition, it also ...

The Cultic Life of Trees in the Prehistoric Aegean, Levant, Egypt, and Cyprus

By Caroline Tully. Peeters Publishers. 2018. 

This research examines 44 images of Minoan tree cult as depicted in sphragistic jewellery, portable objects and wall paintings from Late Bronze Age Crete, mainland Greece and the Cyclades. The study also compares the Aegean images with evidence for sacred trees in the Middle and Late Bronze Age Levant, Egypt and Cyprus. The purpose of this investigation is the production of new interpretations of Minoan images of tree cult. Each of the chapters of the book looks at ...

Virtues of Renewal: Wendell Berry’s Sustainable Forms

By Jeffery Bilbro. University Press of Kentucky. December 2018. 

For over fifty years, Wendell Berry has argued that our most pressing ecological and cultural need is a renewed formal intelligence—a mode of thinking and acting that fosters the health of the earth and its beings. Yet the present industrial economy prioritizes a technical, self-centered way of relating to the world that often demands and rewards busyness over thoughtful observation, independence over relationships, and replacing over repairing. Such a system is both unsustainable and results ...

The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History

By Susan Scott Parrish. Princeton University Press. January 2017. 

Honorable Mention for the James Russell Lowell Prize, Modern Language Association.

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, which covered nearly thirty thousand square miles across seven states, was the most destructive river flood in U.S. history. Due to the speed of new media and the slow progress of the flood, this was the first environmental disaster to be experienced on a mass scale. As it moved from north to south down an environmentally and technologically altered valley, ...

TILT / HOVER / VEER

By Mary Newell. Codhill Press. January 2019. 

Pivoting around the modular refrain “in the pith of,” the poetry chapbook TILT / HOVER / VEER depicts moments such as the planetary tilt that “shuffles the seasons,” the dynamic poise of a bird hovering, the tendency to veer as we “aim for the polestar” but “wake up awry,” and the opportunity to recover a vital orientation in the midst of life’s fluctuations.

“Newell’s pithy fragments capture the essence of fleeting moments in time, whole worlds of weather, ...