HERE: Poems for the Planet


In a forest of sound—wind, bird, bowl, axe: the core of me are these and these I praise. Still, the living are losing color in my ocean’s escalating fever. What will our daughter be able to plant in this? The reality of climate change and the consequences of environmental devastation are very real, and so frightening. But the fact is, we are not alone. We are all in this, and so there is some power in that collective experience that we’re having. And that’s what this project is about. Here: Poems for the Planet is an anthology of a hundred and twenty five voices writing poems about this beautiful and complex and hurting planet. This morning this planet is covered by winds and blue. Learn from this tree. It offers its bountiful canopy of shade over your head When Elizabeth J. Coleman brought the project to Copper Canyon Press, we were thrilled. This is exactly the kind of thing we want to see poetry doing in the world. Maybe the most unusual thing about this collection is that, after you turn the page, reading the last poem, you’ll find a guide to activism. And the idea is to help move us from feeling and inspiration, and into action. At Copper Canyon, we turn to our greater community when it’s time to do something big. So I want to invite you to make a gift on behalf of our shared home, towards our future, in honor of a loved one, or in celebration of poetry. This book will give back as well. The Editor has donated royalties so that every copy will go to support The Union of Concerned Scientists. How a single word can set the world turning from one moment into the next. How a single word can set the world turning from one moment into the next. We’re really grateful to be in this together. Thank you so much for your support.

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