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My favorite is "The Man I Love and the Writing Spider" because it's so close to my own experience. I watch the spider build a web of silver threads delighting in the intricacy. But when it leaves the web and wants to come inside, it becomes the enemy. I want to squash it, but I'm grateful when some kinder person rescues it and gives it another chance at life or death.
The poems not only invite you to relive sensuous experiences, but they make you think about the world, how important it is, and how we need to care for it. The book is a wonderful gift for Earth Day. A good time to meditate on the magnificence of the world.
This is a beautifully written collection that allows the reader to pause and take note of the world around her.
One of my favorite poems in the collection is “The Giraffe:”
A tongue generous
as my head he reaches
for me, barriers no match
for his long neck, sniffs
my hair, kisses my face.
he is endangered.
I unaware he might
This poem is a powerful, yet simple tribute to a majestic creature that is now an endangered species. Can you imagine a planet without the giraffe?
Another poem in the collection that struck me is “Tipping Point” by Magdalena Ball: “[. . .] you eat and eat through four billion years of evolution now held loosely by one thread. [. . .] The future waits impatiently your decision.”
Again, powerful, and revealing.
Sublime Planet offers moving insight into the world around us and into a world that is in need of attention, and it certainly honors Earth Day. I highly recommend it.
For those who aren’t aware of what Earth Day is, Senator Gaylord Nelson created this special day in the spring of 1970. The purpose behind it was to make everyone aware of all the toxins being spewed into the air and dumped in nearby streams or other waterways by manufacturing companies.
At that time, there were no regulatory or legal safety nets to protect our planet, our environment. Senator Nelson took a stand and his cause quickly caught on.
The earth is our planet, our home, our responsibility, and we’re not doing such a good job protecting it.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson's poems should be read in the middle of a forest or meadow, or on the top of an Austrian mountain range. You can perfectly read it at home, but then you'll imagine the walls slowly being overgrown by plants, the walls crumbling to ruins as nature conquers over civilization. In any case, you need to read them in absence of engine noises, electronic music, the hum of industry. These poems applaud nature.
Magdalena Ball's half of the book is a bit different and with these poems I felt a sense of loss, of loneliness, of a search for some connection that isn't there and will possibly never come. With most of them I had a harder time making sense of them, but with others I felt a deep, personal connection as if they had been gripped out of my life. "Word Wall" is easily my favorite.
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