Poetry. Environmental Studies. California Interest. Foreword by Dana Gioia. Introduction by Jack Foley. More than 250 poems by 149 contributors, including Ellen Bass, Christopher Buckley, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Camille T. Dungy, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Rebecca Foust, Dana Gioia, Rafael Jesús González, Emily Grosholz, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirshfield, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, and David St. John.
"FIRE AND RAIN: ECOPOETRY OF CALIFORNIA, edited by Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan, is not only a beautiful and thorough anthology but an homage to California, its varieties of landscapes, and the amazing poetry it has evoked. Like no other collection in its focus, it presents for the reader experiences of life and personal perspectives on the region while also providing an invaluable resource for teachers of creative writing and literature and the ecology, habitats, and species of the state."—Pattiann Rogers, recipient of the John Burroughs Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Nature Poetry
"The battles environmentalists fight on land, in the legislatures, or in the courts are won or lost first in the human imagination, and the range, depth, and vitality of this selection of poems will take the imagination by storm. As Steve Kowit says in his poem 'Raven': 'Forgive me, / sweet earth, for not being shaken more often / out of the heavy sleep of the self. Wake up! / Wake up! scolds the raven, sailing off / over the canyon. Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!' These poems will indeed wake us up."—Malcolm Margolin
"I went back to soulful, pristine, early James Taylor to make sure I was feeling the wet, cleansing urgency of Lucille Lang Day and Ruth Nolan's burning anthology. Anthology, ecology, mythology, and all the 'ologies' boil down to four-letter words—sacred kissing cousins—love and life. When I pull out Day and Nolan's tarnished gold drawers of poetry and stories, I bask and bathe. My heart thumps. All over our world, we shiver and melt. 'I've seen fire and I've seen rain.'"—Al Young
"Day and Nolan have done a considerable service to select and gather these poems. Their ample anthology provides a generous record of California poets' love and concern for their common world. What more important theme can we in this golden land share?"—from the Foreword by Dana Gioia
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Lucille Lang Day has published ten poetry collections and chapbooks, including BECOMING AN ANCESTOR and Dreaming of Sunflowers: Museum Poems. She is a coeditor of FIRE AND RAIN: ECOPOETRY OF CALIFORNIA and RED INDIAN ROAD WEST: NATIVE AMERICAN POETRY FROM CALIFORNIA and the author of two children's books, Chain Letter and THE RAINBOW ZOO, as well as a memoir, Married at Fourteen: A True Story. Her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, and her many honors include the Joseph Henry Jackson Award in Literature, the Blue Light Poetry Prize, two PEN Oakland Awards, and nine Pushcart nominations. She received her BA in biological sciences, MA in zoology, and PhD in science/mathematics education at the University of California, Berkeley, and her MA in English and MFA in creative writing at San Francisco State University. Ruth Nolan, a former wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management's California Desert District, is a widely published writer/scholar whose work focuses on California's deserts. She is professor of creative writing at College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California. The recipient of a Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Fellowship and a California Writers Residency Award, she is the author of the poetry book Ruby Mountain and essay collections California Drive and Notes from the Gateway to Death Valley, as well as the editor of No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California's Deserts. Her short story "Palimpsest," published in LA Fiction: Southland Stories by Southland Writers, received a Sequestrum Magazine 2016 Editor's Reprint Award and was nominated for a 2016 PEN Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. She holds her MFA in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA