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Fiction & Poetry

Selections of nature-themed fiction and poetry

Earth and All the Stars: Reconnecting with Nature through Hymns, Stories, Poems, Prayers from the World’s Great Religions and Cultures
Author: Rowthorn, Anne (ed). This collection includes pieces from the Dalai Lama, Wendell Berry, Albert Einstein, Thich Nhat Hanh, and children and others from around the world.
Earthsongs: Praying with Nature
Author: Simsic, Wayne. We need prayers - prayers that will heal the open wounds caused by our misuse of the natural world and help us to rebuild a healthy relationship with the earth. Nature prayers can best be expressed with a childlike heart - a heart that is drawn to mystery and willing to respond with reverence. The need for nature prayers inspired this book, but that is not its only focus. The book also addresses the longing each of us has to encounter nature from the depths of our life.
Evening Traina
Author: Levertov, Denise. Levertov’s deeply moving poetry reflects her love of Earth and her home (the Puget Sound region). These collections reveal Levertov’s passion for justice, faith, and hope for this planetary home.
Firekeeper: New and Selected Poems
Author: Rogers, Pattiann. Barry Lopez writes, “…if angels were to agree upon a language to describe creation, a tone of voice and a point of view that would adequately celebrate the divine, these would be the poems they would write.” Truly a feast for heart and spirit.
For the Common Good
A.uthor: Cobb, John B. Jr. and Herman Daly. A landmark work by an eminent theologian (Cobb) and an equally eminent economist (Daly). This book examines how our economy works, how it affects societies and bioregions, and offers a model for redirecting it to enhance both human and non-human communities.
Gate of the Sun
Author: Khoury, Elias. At a makeshift hospital in the Shatila refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut, Dr. Khalil sits by the bed of his gravely ill, unconscious friend and patient, Yunes, a Palestinian fighter, and reminisces about their lives in an attempt to bring him back to consciousness.
Koolaids: The Art of War
Author: Alameddine, Rabih. Koolaids skillfully juxtaposes its gay protagonists' defiant encounters with AIDS, the embattled recent history of Lebanon during its own civil war and “the Israeli siege of Beirut,” and more general permutations of estrangement from society, family, and nation.
Listening to Nature: How to Deepen Your Awareness of Nature
Author: Cornell, Joseph. As with his children’s books, Cornell guides people of all ages into the experience of the “serenity and mystery of the natural world.” Individuals and groups can heighten this experience through the book’s beautiful photography, inspiring quotations, and awareness-building activities.
New and Selected Poems
Author: Oliver, Mary. This National Book Award-winning collection showcases Oliver’s skillful reflections over a twenty-eight-year period. The reader will discover an increasing intermingling of the poet’s faith, thoughts, and reflections on the natural world.
New and Selected Poems, V.II
Author: Oliver, Mary. Oliver offers optimistic, clear and lyrical explorations of varying ecosystems in her poems.
No Nature: New and Selected Poems
Author: Snyder, Gary. This collection announces an ethical and spiritual vision of how humans can live within Earth’s community of life. A celebration of the natural world.
Ocean Psalms: Meditations, Stories, Prayers, Songs & Blessings from the Sea
Producer: Mystic Waters Media. 2008.
Organic Prayer
Author: Roth, Nancy. Pick up your garden tools and get to work. With Roth’s help, readers can experience their time in the garden as a spiritual encounter. Roth’s book is full of deep insights, eloquent writing and very practical prayer exercises.
Sabbaths
Author: Berry, Wendell. Skillfully written over seven years of Sabbaths in the solitude of his hillside retreat, Berry candidly reveals his spirituality and ponderings on relationships with the land and people who comprise his community. Each poem is like a brief, wisdom-filled retreat.
Sands of the Well
Author: Levertov, Denise. Levertov’s deeply moving poetry reflects her love of Earth and her home (the Puget Sound region). These collections reveal Levertov’s passion for justice, faith, and hope for this planetary home.
So What: New & Selected Poems
Author: Ali, Taha Muhammad. A revered Palestinian poet whose work is driven by vivid imagination, disarming humor, and unflinching honesty, Muhammad Ali’s poems portray experiences that range from catastrophe to splendor, each preserving an essential human dignity.
The Art of Biblical Poetry
Author: Alter, Robert. Investigates both the structures, especially parallelism, intensification, choice of detail, and the effects of biblical Hebrew poetry, and demonstrates how biblical authors used poetry to discover meaning.
The Butterfly's Burden
Author: Darwish, Mahmoud. The Butterfly's Burden combines love poems, sonnets, journal-like distillations, and interlaced lyrics, which balance old literary traditions with new forms, highlighting loving reflections and bitter longing.
The Collected Poems of Wendell Berry: 1957-1982
Author: Berry, Wendell. In this volume Berry collects those poems, as he puts it, that he cares “to have reread.” He poignantly writes of family, farming, nature and ecology, land, community, and tradition as “the groundwork for life and culture.”
The Great Unknowing
Author: Levertov, Denise. Levertov’s deeply moving poetry reflects her love of Earth and her home (the Puget Sound region). These collections reveal Levertov’s passion for justice, faith, and hope for this planetary home.
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