I've loved the outdoors and being outdoors for 73 years, starting on a lake in Maine where I spent three months of each year amongst our thirteen first cousins. Then over the years, teaching literature at Stanford, I've shared countless nature poems with countless students. Then one day in the Santa Cruz Mountains, about to begin sketching a book on creative resistance during the Holocaust, I realized quite suddenly that if I had another book to write, it must concern our environment. Ten years later this book has just come out: "Can Poetry Save the Earth? / A Field Guide to Nature Poems" -- with the emphasis on that question mark. It's a sequence of 40 chapters on poets (and many images) from Psalms to Gary Snyder, finding within the pleasures of poems their environmental imprint, impetus, urgency. Jargon-free, written for the common reader whether seasoned in poetry or not, it aims finally for the next generation, who inherit our environmental predicament along with the responsibility for meeting it. (http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300137507)

John F
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