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In POETRY ON THE SIDE OF NATURE, poet and teacher Thomas R. Smith aims to inspire and equip poets at all levels of experience to employ the nature poem as advocacy for the natural world. Making a case for what has been defined as the Western “nature poem” as an act of survival and protest, Smith enlists 30 poets, new and old, familiar and unfamiliar, from both sides of the Atlantic to demonstrate the many ways poets can, for readers and themselves, close the distance of alienation between human beings and the natural world. Part essay, part anthology, Poetry on the Side of Nature is for any reader or writer of poetry who passionately loves and wants to defend the Earth.
Poetry. Environmental Studies.
Thomas R. Smith is author of nine books of poems, Keeping the Star (New Rivers Press, 1988), Horse of Earth (Holy Cow! Press, 1994), The Dark Indigo Current (Holy Cow! Press, 2000), Winter Hours (Red Dragonfly Press, 2005), Waking Before Dawn (Red Dragonfly Press, 2007), THE FOOT OF THE RAINBOW (Red Dragonfly Press, 2010), THE GLORY (Red Dragonfly Press, 2015), Windy Day at Kabekona: New and Selected Prose Poems (White Pine Press, 2018) and STORM ISLAND (Red Dragonfly Press, 2020). He has also edited several books, most recently Airmail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer (Graywolf Press, 2013). His prose work, Poetry on the Side of Nature: Writing the Nature Poem as an Act of Survival, is newly published by Folded Word Press. He teaches poetry at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.Author City: RIVER FALLS, WI USA