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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Henry Beston: A Year of life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. I have heard them all, and of the three elemental voices, that of ocean is the most awesome, beautiful and varied.

September 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

Ellery Akers: Rachel Carson

I think of the way she knew
that eels slid from brook to brook
and then to the sea.

August 26, 2020 · 3 Comments

Pablo Neruda: The Riddles

You have asked me what the crustacean spins between its limbs of gold
and I answer: the sea knows it.

May 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: The Music of Being

Hold a hazelnut up to your eyes
as a lens for seeing through,
then wake to a katydid and say its name.

February 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

David Korten: The Time for Postponing Climate Action Is Over

Humanity is reawakening to a basic truth understood by earlier humans, by many Indigenous people today, and now confirmed by the leading scientists: We are born of and members of a living Earth community.

January 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jennifer Stitt: For Rachel Carson, wonder was a radical state of mind

In the 1940s, Rachel Carson began developing an ethic of wonder that stood at the centre of her ecological philosophy.

November 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Robin Wall Kimmerer: I close my eyes and listen to the voices of the rain

Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy.

October 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Solnit: Welcome to the US, Greta. With Your Help We Can Save the Planet and Ourselves

Even in such a divided and troubled country, there is hope. Between us we can beat the climate destroyers.

September 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rachel Carson: The Beauties and Mysteries of the Earth

If there is poetry in my book about the sea, it is not because I deliberately put it there, but because no one could write truthfully about the sea and leave out the poetry.

May 26, 2019 · 1 Comment

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