Poems for a Viable Future
by Sam Love
Scheduled Release Date: Mar 15, 2022
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Resonance—A small vibration at the right frequency that creates a larger vibration.
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 of the water while you’re brushing those pearly whites.
“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