Poems for a Viable Future
by Sam Love
Resonance—A small vibration at the right frequency that creates a larger vibration.
Sam Love reads his poem “Golden Sprial” from the book
Earth Resonance is a collection of Sam Love’s environmental poetry. These accessible poems do not simply bemoan the state of melting glaciers, stranded polar bears, or sizzling summer temperatures, but instead give the reader an in-depth autopsy of our culture’s footprint on the natural world, with humility and a dash of humor.
The subjects range from meditations on Mother Earth to the changes in migratory patterns caused by climate change. Far from a doom and gloom portrait of the contemporary environmental crisis, Earth Resonance has some fun with everything from imagining the craziness of shipping bottled water 6,000 miles to how bacteria evolving for a counterattack must be laughing at us—the humans who think we hold dominion over them.
As you read this celebration of holistic thinking and planetary consciousness, you will never look the same way at a plastic bag bouncing across the urban landscape. Who knows, you might even be compelled to ride your bike to work or at least remember to turn off the water while you’re brushing those pearly whites.
Enjoy a Video of Sam Reading from the Book:
Sam Love — A Featured Poet on The Poetry Box LIVE (February 2022)
And check out this feature in the “Griffin Poetry” blog with a few more samples of Sam’s poems here:
Other Scheduled Author Readings:
- Tuesday, April 5th, 7:00 pm, feature for NEXUS POETS (https://nexuspoets.com/featured-poets/)
- Saturday, April 9th, 3:30 pm at Reading Next Chapter bookstore, 320 South Front Street (New Bern, NC)
- Sunday, April 10th, 10:30 am at UU Church, 308 Meadows Street (New Bern, NC), Broadcast via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87008349327
- Monday, April 11 at 7pm, Reading at Riverbend, Municipal Building at 51 Shoreline Drive (large conference room)
About the Author
After working as an environmental advocate Sam Love made a living creating film and video images. With so much internet visual clutter he decided to transition to poetry where readers can make the movie in their heads. Sam now lives in New Bern, N.C.
In 1970 Sam worked on the national staff of the first Earth Day. He was a founding editor of the successor group’s magazine Environmental Action and served as Coordinator of the organization which worked to transform the momentum created by Earth Day into legislative changes. Over the years he published numerous articles in mass circulation magazines including Washingtonian and Smithsonian.
Fly on the Wall Press in Manchester, England published his chapbook Awakening: Musings on Planetary Survival. His poetry collection exploring cracks in our culture, Cogitation, is available from Unsolicited Press and his self-published illustrated children’s book My Little Plastic Bag has won numerous awards including a Nautilus Book Award. It is available in Spanish and English. His poems have appeared in Kakalak, Slippery Elm, Voices on the Wind, The Lyricist, Flying South, Sleet, and other publications. Eno published by Duke University published six of his environmental poems and four were featured on Poetry in Plain Sight posters exhibited throughout North Carolina.
www.samlove.net • Twitter: @samlovepoet
Early Praise for Earth Resonance:
Sam Love is a profoundly engaged environmentalist and, it turns out, he is also a good poet. This collection of his poetry is an inspiration even to an old enviro warhorse like me. His observations are keen and informed by good science and searing honesty. The reader keeps engaged because Love is a very witty guy. You will likely rage and laugh and cry at the utter folly of our ways.
—Gus Speth, author of America the Possible,
Dean emeritus, Yale School of the Environment,
former Chair of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality
I generally find contemporary poetry pretentious, and opaque, but Sam Love’s poems are lucid and provocative. Love writes beautifully of environmental shame and hope.
—Denis Hayes, President of the Bullitt Foundation,
National coordinator of the first Earth Day in 1970
May the awakenings which have come to this big-hearted poet ripple out to transform our entire society, for Sam Love has become our modern-day Walt Whitman, a beam of light in this moment of darkness.
—Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan, author, recipient of MacArthur Genius Grant,
Research scientist on Southwestern Borderlands Food & Water Security (University of Arizona)
Sam Love’s poetry is a great gift to mankind. His work can open the eyes of millions who haven’t yet realized the horrific sides of evolution. I liked the simplicity of his poetries. The poet focusses on important topics that we humans should worry about.
—(KMGREADS) book review blog, India