Living in the Nature Poem connects us to ourselves, each other, and the earth. As an important part of our own environments, we're also part of the complexities of nature, including human nature and those odd thoughts and moments that bring humor, wonder, perplexity, and prayer.
'WELLSPRINGS: Poems of Life & Nature', is the largest collection of works by the author. It is a meditation on life as experienced by him and his subjects, and the human condition as observed by him. The poems are deeply contemplative and introspective. They are celebratory and vividly evocative of memorable moments, past and present. Wherever perplexing philosophical themes are treated, this is invariably done with sanguineness and in a redemptive tone. They are delightfully laden with allusions, are lyrically innovative and brimful of feelings. These poems will appeal to a broad section of poetry enthusiasts.
Author: Walt Whitman
Publisher: Heron Dance Press
Release Date: 2005-04-01
Genre: Health & Fitness
Walt Whitman was indeed a wild soul. His poetry expresses an earthy sensuality out of sync with the industrial times he lived in. His love for wild nature and for the sensual experiences of life is heard in every poem. Editor, Howard Nelson, provides an insightful introduction, shedding light on Walt Whitman's life. This carefully selected collection of poems alongside the beauty of Roderick MacIver's watercolor art creates a grand tribute to this beautiful soul.
Author: John Felstiner
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release Date: 2009-04-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
In forty brief and lucid chapters, Felstiner presents those voices that have most strongly spoken to and for the natural world. Poets- from the Romantics through Whitman and Dickinson to Elizabeth Bishop and Gary Snyder- have helped us envision such details as ocean winds eroding and rebuilding dunes in the same breath, wild deer freezing in our presence, and a person carving initials on a still-living stranded whale.
Poetry, the Geometry of the Living Substance is the first serious and sustained study in English of one of the most important Hungarian writers of the 20th century, the modernist poet Ágnes Nemes Nagy. The book captures the dual nature of poetry, as a discourse of the infinite and the abyssal, through close readings of her poetry and prose. These four essays draw parallels between Ágnes Nemes Nagy and other thinkers and theorists, such as Rilke, Celan, Heidegger, Derrida, Beckett and Blanchot. The monograph explores the poetic paradigm changes of Nemes Nagy in her whole work, including her collections of poems, essays on poetics and other posthumous miscellaneous fragments. Drawing indirect parallels between the fields of poetics and epistemology, the central focus of the book is the parergonal relation between language and the external world, the psyche and the objective environment, trauma and memory within the poetic space.
"The greatest of living nature poets. . . . It helps us to go on, having Gary Snyder in our midst."--Los Angeles Times. Snyder is the author of many volumes of poetry and prose, including The Practice of the Wild and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Turtle Island. Reading tour.
Author: Maxine Kumin
Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated
Release Date: 2011-07
A collection of poems from the Pulitzer Prize-winning former poet laureate of the United States, including poems from five of her past 17 books, and including 23 new poems that reflect on the author's farm life and poets of the past.
Author: Richard Michael Simmons
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Release Date: 2004
Poems from The Sea of Life is a collection of forty poems written by Richard Michael Simmons and published posthumously. This first poetry book contains poems and is part one of a collection of 170 poems written from 1959-1987. These poems capture the emotions and themes of life and their interrelationship with nature. The theme of nature and sea manifest itself in Richard's writings from the inspiration of his life's experiences at sea, the dignity and respect of nature, and the social injustices of mankind during the times in which he lived. His message - adorned with the rhythm of alliteration and the metaphor of the soul - is for all times and all seasons. The art of the written word is not lost on, "the ordinary man who lives by the creative spirit, thinks in images, and dreams in fantasy . . . trying to escape the business of the everyday world." Walt Whitman. Cover: Journey #55, acrylic on canvas, by Rick Rivet
Author: Bernard W. Quetchenbach
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Literary Criticism
Many poets writing after World War II have found the individual focus of contemporary poetics poorly suited to making statements directed at public issues and public ethics. The desire to invest such individualized poetry with greater cultural authority presented difficulties for Vietnam-protest poets, for example, and it has been a particular challenge for nature writers in the Thoreau tradition who have attempted to serve as advocates for the natural world. Examining the implications of this dilemma, Bernard W. Quetchenbach locates the poets Robert Bly, Gary Snyder, and Wendell Berry within two traditions: the American nature-writing tradition, and the newer tradition of contemporary poetics. He compares the work of two other twentieth-century poets, Robinson Jeffers and Theodore Roethke, to illustrate how the "contemporary shift" toward a poetics focused on the poet's life has affected portrayals of nature and the "public voice" in poetry. Turning back to the work of Bly, Snyder, and Berry, Quetchenbach assesses their attempts to reinvent the public voice in the context of contemporary poetics and what effect these attempts have had on their work. He argues that these poets have learned from their postwar generation techniques for adapting a personalized poetics to environmental advocacy. In addition to modifying what critics have called the "poetics of immediacy," these poets have augmented their poetic output with prose and identified themselves with long-standing traditions of poetic, ethical, and spiritual authority. In doing so, Bly, Snyder, and Berry have attempted to solve not only a problem inherent in contemporary poetics but also the larger problem of the role of the poet in a society that does not recognize poetry. While it would be an overstatement to suggest that these three figures have found a place for the poet in American life, they have reached audiences that extend beyond traditional readers of poetry. At the end of the twentieth century, Quetchenbach concludes, poets have begun to identify, and direct their writing to, specific audiences defined less by aesthetic preferences and more by a shared interest in and dedication to the work's subject matter. Whether revealing a disturbing trend for poetry or an encouraging one for environmentalism and other political causes, it is one of many provocative conclusions Quetchenbach draws from his examination of postwar nature poetry.
Author: Daniel Clark
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency
Release Date: 2015-03-11
I love to do things with words, and poetry is what comes from such playing with words. Most of my poems are just my mind, playing with my heart’s thoughts. Some of my poems come from life experience and others from nature or things that happen in life. In putting this book together, I found many of my poems are liked, for they are written in words that everyone can read and understand. I dream one day to hear someone say, “I read that poem and loved it.” Nothing would make me more proud than to know my poems touched someone’s heart in a good way. To write poems and not know if people will ever read them is a sad thought. Love is the power that moves the world. No matter if it is heartbreak or true passion, love has the power to be the strongest influence in our lives. Not all my poems are love poems. There are also poems of remembrance for the men who have laid down their lives for freedom or in the line of duty. So please read my words and enjoy them for what they mean and say to you. I would love to be thought of as a man who had love in his soul, and touched another’s heart in some way.
Author: Terry Gifford
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Literary Criticism
The author here argues that the traditions of Pope and Goldsmith are continued in the present day by the likes of R.S. Thomas, George Mackay Brown, and others work in an 'anti-pastoralist' tradition of Crabbe and Clare. A chapter examining the attitudes towards the environment of sixteen contemporary poets concludes a lively ecological introduction to modern poetry.