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Can Poetry Save the Earth? | 10-Jul-09

Can Poetry Save the Earth?

Can poetry save the earth? : a field guide to nature poems / Felstiner, John. -- New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 2009.

Recently arrived in the Poetry Library's "Books About Poetry" section is Can poetry save the earth? : a field guide to nature poems. In forty brief chapters, John Felstiner presents poets that have "strongly spoken to and for the natural world", from the Romantics through to Edward Thomas, Ted Hughes, Maxine Kumin and Galway Kinnell. It is illustrated with twenty-four coloured plates and includes photographs of poets out and about in the natural world.

The Poetry Library also holds some anthologies which attempt to answer this question:

The green book of poetry / edited by Ivo Mosley -- Kirstead, Norfolk: Frontier Publishing, 1993.

A collection of over three hundred poems, each concerned with the survival of humankind on the planet. The book includes works by Auden, Blake, Charles Bukowski and classical and oriental poets.

Wild reckoning : an anthology provoked by Rachel Carson's Silent spring / edited by John Burnside and Maurice Riordan -- London : Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2004.

An anthology inspired by the fortieth anniversary of Rachel Carson's controversial and prophetic book Silent Spring. Includes newly commissioned poems by Seamus Heaney, Andrew Motion, Mark Doty, Paul Muldoon and many others, which are the fruit of discussions with scientists.

Earth shattering : ecopoems / edited by Neil Astley -- Tarset : Bloodaxe Books, 2007.

Over two hundred poems addressing environmental destruction and ecological balance.

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