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.
Author: Tommy Pico
Publisher: Tin House Books
Release Date: 2017-05-09
Most Anticipated Book of 2017 at Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, and more. A book-length poem about how an American Indian writer can’t bring himself to write about nature, but is forced to reckon with colonial-white stereotypes, manifest destiny, and his own identity as an young, queer, urban-dwelling poet. Nature Poem follows Teebs—a young, queer, American Indian (or NDN) poet—who can’t bring himself to write a nature poem. For the reservation-born, urban-dwelling hipster, the exercise feels stereotypical, reductive, and boring. He hates nature. He prefers city lights to the night sky. He’d slap a tree across the face. He’d rather write a mountain of hashtag punchlines about death and give head in a pizza-parlor bathroom; he’d rather write odes to Aretha Franklin and Hole. While he’s adamant—bratty, even—about his distaste for the word “natural,” over the course of the book we see him confronting the assimilationist, historical, colonial-white ideas that collude NDN people with nature. The closer his people were identified with the “natural world,” he figures, the easier it was to mow them down like the underbrush. But Teebs gradually learns how to interpret constellations through his own lens, along with human nature, sexuality, language, music, and Twitter. Even while he reckons with manifest destiny and genocide and centuries of disenfranchisement, he learns how to have faith in his own voice.
Author: Camille T. Dungy
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Release Date: 2009
Black Nature is the first anthology to focus on nature writing by African American poets, a genre that until now has not commonly been counted as one in which African American poets have participated. Black poets have a long tradition of incorporating treatments of the natural world into their work, but it is often read as political, historical, or protest poetry--anything but nature poetry. This is particularly true when the definition of what constitutes nature writing is limited to work about the pastoral or the wild. Camille T. Dungy has selected 180 poems from 93 poets that provide unique perspectives on American social and literary history to broaden our concept of nature poetry and African American poetics. This collection features major writers such as Phillis Wheatley, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sterling Brown, Robert Hayden, Wanda Coleman, Natasha Trethewey, and Melvin B. Tolson as well as newer talents such as Douglas Kearney, Major Jackson, and Janice Harrington. Included are poets writing out of slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century African American poetic movements. Black Nature brings to the fore a neglected and vital means of considering poetry by African Americans and nature-related poetry as a whole. A Friends Fund Publication.
Author: J. Patrick Lewis
Publisher: National Geographic Books
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
When words in verse are paired with the awesomeness of nature, something magical happens! Beloved former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis curates an exhuberant poetic celebration of the natural world in this stellar collection of nature poems. From trickling streams to deafening thrunderstorms to soaring mountains, discover majestic photography perfectly paired with contemporary (such as Billy Collins), classics (such as Robert Frost), and never-before-published works.
The Living Mountain is a lyrical testament in praise of the Cairngorms. It is a work deeply rooted in Nan Shepherd’s knowledge of the natural world, and a poetic and philosophical meditation on our longing for high and holy places. Drawing on different perspectives of the mountain environment, Shepherd makes the familiar strange and the strange awe-inspiring. Her sensitivity and powers of observation put her into the front rank of nature writing.
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.
Author: Phil de Sousa
Release Date: 2014-05-05
“Nature’s Poems” is a book of 80 poems that takes you through a thought-provoking and reflective journey of nature, human nature, life and love. It covers issues of nature and the threats for wildlife and humanity. It looks within the motivations and thoughts of different individuals, the trials and tribulations of life, and the eternal longing for love. Let the poems inspire your senses, and take you on a breath-taking ride into the mind and heart of nature’s beauty, and of hope, melancholy and human passions. The book is envisaged to be a “Symphony of words”, rather than a symphony of music. Let these poems be music to your ears!
Author: Maxine Kumin
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2010-04-12
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: 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: Mary Oliver
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Release Date: 2005-03-02
Genre: Literary Collections
Poets must read and study, but also they must learn to tilt and whisper, shout, or dance, each in his or her own way, or we might just as well copy the old books. But, no, that would never do, for always the new self swimming around in the old world feels itself uniquely verbal. And that is just the point: how the world, moist and bountiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. 'Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?' This book is my comment.--from the Foreword.