clones of blue agave make up more than 99 percent of the 150 million
growing in Jalisco. If ever there was an easy target for any
tequila monoculture is it."
always unveils a new handful of surprises with the coming of each
As the weather changes, rising humidity awakens the slumbering citizens
of the soil. Fireflies, those apparitions of the evening, mysteriously
flash their lights on, then off again. Armies of ants labor long hours,
alerting us to the oncoming thunderstorms. The blooms of bugs we call
had a way of proliferating in our midst, teaching us to anticipate the
rhythm of the rainy season."
"There is a
language older by
far and deeper than words. It is the language of bodies, of body on
wind on snow, rain on trees, wave on stone. It is the language of
gesture, symbol, memory. We have forgotten this language. We do not
remember that it exists."
clear that this book had to be different.
If I were to be honest, it could only be a cry of outrage, a
and at the same time a love story about that which is and that which
and is no longer. It would have to be about the potential for life and
love and happiness we each carry inside but are too afraid to explore."
"It is now
possible to generalize
that tree-roosting bats typically select tall trees that are in the
stages of decay and are less cluttered than random wildlife trees.
the species of roost tree may differ from forest to forest. general
are similar, resulting in higher densities of roosting bats in older
stands."Conservation Ecology of
"Not only does
us remember that spring is coming, it also gives us a reason for
that it not progress any faster. Once we have awakened to it, we long
dwell in this protracted in-between. This time for standing in the
sticky sugarhouse, witnessing the alchemy of air and water into gold."
final week of a late sugaring
season, when musical excitement fills the nights and there is still
sap to boil down, is thus referred to, in a phrase at once celebratory
and elegaic, as "the frog run." That phrase captures for me the
urgency of the peepers' moment -- and the human moment, too. It
the fact that we must soon relinquish this harvest we have only
learned to claim. Focusing all the more intensely on the process as it
nears its end, we remember the softening snow that signaled its onset
anticipate the cleanup and battening down of the sugarhouse for another
Ahab's whale is
nor is it strictly discovered, but is found, by him, which suggests
it has an existence separate from his but also that it depends for its
coherence on something extra he supplies, some conception of his own,
makes sense of things.
in the arid west because the economies that exploit it cannot abide a
rate of use. By combusting nonrenewable coal and nonrenewable oil and
natural gas, they have managed to lift nonrenewable water at incredible
rates. By using water with abandon they can compete with more humid
where it is basically a free good. This extractive process... is the
behind the expression "conquest of nature"...
Once I put a
from the creek in the pond. A bass gave chase immediately. The poor
minnow launched itself completely out of the weater in trying to
and when it came back down, the bass was there to swallow it. So far I
have not seen a snapping turtle in the pond but am sure some will come
when the proper food supply occurs. Snapper meat is a great delicacy.
don't cross the
sky every day. Great, journal-worthy events seemed hard to come by at
So I was forced to look hard and close and long at everyday things to
those pages. And you know what? The closer I looked, the more
entries I found. Take Carolina Wrens! As documented in the pages of my
journal, they sing every month of the year. Take Carolina Wren nests.
you know that the birds use paper and snake skins and string and
in the construction?. a birder may overlook these things, but not a
watcher and certainly not a bird watcher who keeps a journal -- the
important book I own."Earl's Journal"
Was this, then,
indeed, the Mississippi,
that wild giant of nature, which I had imagined would be so powerful,
divine, so terrible? Here its waters were clear, of a fresh,
color, and within their beautiful frame of distant violet-blue
they lay like a heavenly mirror, bearing on their bosom verdant,
islands, like islands of the blessed.Fredrika Bremer
Homes of the New World:
The paradox is
that to see clearly,
you must learn to see obliquely. You must look ahead, and, at
same time, widen your peripheral vision so that it extends not just in
great arcs around your head, but over the edge, into the margins where
the visible and invisible, dreams and reality, land and water,
and profusion mingle. The sublime is like poetry; it will not
caught or chased down. It exists at the edge of things -- in
vast margins . . . The imagination loves freedom first, and then
And there is an odd kind of freedom in the fringes that comes, in part,
from jettisoning our love of function. . . lack of function
culture means lack of value. "What's it for?" we want to
"What does it do?" . . . . But what kind of cultural
will it take for us to freely say that we value this or that because it
is beautiful, or because it nourishes the imagination, because it is
for the soul? (pp. 13-14)
Day after day
that first summer
I traversed the alder thickets, the red-maple woods with its
brook and spotted-turtle backwaters, the ditches along the train
and especially the Old Swamp. With an eye out for turtles, I kept
to wet places, but I was also fascinated by toads, salamanders, and
and I took to field and forest to find them at times. Every meadow or
and especially any stream or pool, all of these theaters of summer
together, held no end of spellbinding forms, colors, and patterns,
in a seasonal rhythm of life habits I was only beginning to decipher.
these places they lived in—places of water, stone, and
and shadow; water lilies, reeds, and ferns; mossy hummocks, grassy
and blackberry tangles; woods and shrub thickets with drifts of leaves;
grassy fields—all joined to create one great landscape. I
to know, the design of this living landscape before I knew any of the
definitions of that elusive word “design.” And as I
moved through it I
felt myself part of the pattern, or at the very least a witness to it.
The sheer joy of being there, of simply bearing witness, continued to
pond?!" I exclaimed.
about harmony and
peace and abandoning my ecological ideals, I was now ranting. I wanted
a forest, but a clean forest with a sparkling creek and not one with
waters and trees lying around every which way and across the creek. I
no use for shavings all over the forest floor to absorb our footsteps!
I did not pay top dollar for a beaver pond!
In the right
hands, almost any
notebook or blank book will perform as a nature journal. But for those
intimidated by empty pages, this "guided journal" can help jump-start
journaling with inspirational quotes, exercises, tips and suggestions.
Clare Walker Leslie provides the introduction and advice, along with a
back-of-the-book illustrated field guide to basic families of trees,
When he awoke,
the grass was
dew. It looked like
into a thousand fragment
reflecting the full blaze
of the rising sun.
the glare a mist, Henry
to see a large moose
moon rose silently.
of stars appeared in
the endless sky.
close to the warmth
his small crackling campfire
carved the handle of his
it fit perfectly in his
Thoreau's attempt to
speak a word for nature finally ends with him also speaking a word,
backhandedly, for a kind of cultured naturalism should not come as a
to sustain the position of purity, as in the summit experience of
or in the opening lines of 'Walking' itself, is finally too fatiguing
and unattainable besides.
As critics --
and this will
be the stumbling block for many in the ecocritical community -- we must
be concerned with the observation of the observation, not the
itself, and we should be asking questions like "What would it take to
an economically inflected version of nation with an aesthetic one?" and
not, as if too often the temptation, questions like "What does nature
mallards arrow down
the mirror pond,
water rolls the arrow-wake
liquid silver for a moment,
this blue-sky bright December
like huge peppercorns
tree trunks on the white
wild turkeys crouch on
tucked into feather down,
wings folded large.
all face north, source
of bitter cold,
to the winter sun,
to the winter sun.(December
A Natural and Cultural History,
by Gary Paul Nabhan and Ana
160 pp. The
University of Arizona
Like the wines
of Burgundy or
Chardonnay, the word Tequila
is largely derived
from the place of
its origin in the Jaliscan highlands of central Mexico. Tequila is a
a municipality, a valley, and a prominent mountain overlooking its
toponyms. It is also a species of agaves (tequilana) that are commonly
used to brew the intoxicating tequila beverage.
nature writer and
plant preservationist Gary Paul Nabham collaborated with botanist and
specialist Ana Valenzuela Zapata on this personal and very readable
of tequila history, lore and cultivation.
The chapters of
this book include
descriptions of agave farming traditions ("Tillers and Tale-Tellers"),
the natural history of the plant ("The Wild Origins and Domestication
Mescal de Tequila"), an introduction to tequila lore and traditions
the Essences, Blending Two Worlds"), and a critical look at the mass
of cheap tequilas and the plague it has encouraged ("When the Epidemic
Hit the King of Clones").
its kin, at least
in the eyes and mouths of U.S. citizens, has changed its image from a
liquor or 'firewater' to a drink of the elite," the authors point out.
This has generated a "tequila boom," resulting in sales increases of 15
percent annually for the past three decades and pricing for premium
that has eclipsed some champagnes.
The effects of
among the jimadores
who harvest agaves, the
tequileros who consume
tequila, and the cultivated plants upon which the tequila industry
are examined and critiqued in this mesh of cultural and natural
Language Older Than Words, by
Derrick Jensen. 412 pp. Chelsea
This is a book
about the worlds
that we inhabit, both the external and natural worlds and the internal
and imaginary worlds, and how they inform and shape each other. It is
in the form of a memoir, deep and personal and disturbing and
in the hope that the individual experience can help illuminate the
Ten years ago
the author was
raising chickens and losing many of them to pillaging coyotes. Finally,
in frustration, he begged the coyotes -- calling out to one that he
sight of leaving the coop -- to stop killing his chickens. Remarkably,
the killing stopped and the coyotes, still ever-present, settled for
scraps from the author's butchering.
to write a book
about animal communication, Derrick Jensen instead confronted the
of why experiences like this are discounted in our culture and even
Connections between people and the environments they inhabit, the
they share them with, and even their fellow humans are dismissed as
or secondary to the business of producing wealth.
why do we numb
ourselves to our own experiences? How and why do we deafen ourselves to
the voices of others? Who benefits? Who suffers? Is there a connection
between the silencing of women, to use one example, and the silencing
the natural world?"
As he does in
most of his works,
Jensen writes poetically, emotionally and confronts difficult and
issues with informed arguments and probing questions. This book won't
teach the reader how to hear or interpret the "language older than
but it does make one aware that it's out there waiting to be heard.
Ecology, by Thomas H. Kunz and
M. Brock Fenton. 784 pp. University
of Chicago Press, 2004.
Not since the
of Ecology of Bats has anyone produced a comprehensive work on bat
This book, written primarily for professional ecologists and
biologists, focuses on important discoveries made in the intervening
The editors of
this volume, Thomas
H. Kunz and M. Brock Fenton, are both biologists with other books on
to their credit. Here they have included contributions by 28 separate
reflecting not only the diversity and complexity of bat ecology, but
a growing interest in studying the flying mammals.
three major sections,
the book successively covers "Life History and Social Biology,"
Ecology" and "Macroecology." Within these sections are arranged 15
chapters disclosing recent research findings in specific areas, from
interactions and ecomorphology to bat migrations and the ecological
disagree with the
assessment that Chiroptera is a diverse group of mammals," write Nancy
Simmons and Tenley Conway. "With approximately 1,100 extant species
worldwide, bats are second only to rodents in terms of total numbers of
species." Their report on the "Evolution of Ecological Diversity in
describes bats as a textbook case in mosaic evolution and admits that
current understanding of geographical patterns of diversification are
recognition of the
importance of bats in many ecosystems has led to increased scrutiny of
the animal's role in insect control, pollination and seed dispersal.
on these issues are collected primarily in the section on Functional
where authors discuss the relationships between bats and insects,
"state of the field"
collection of current inquiry, this volume will be of great benefit to
students, resource managers and conservationists as well as
Frog Run: Words and Wildness in
the Vermont Woods, by John
In the Green
Mountains of Vermont,
author John Elder combines his passion for literature and his affection
for the outdoors with his love of family. The essays in this brief book
reflect on loss and redemption, deforestation and reclamation, the
and the environmental ethic.
three essays, followed
by a profile and bibliography, this book showcases Elder's nature
and literary bent. The title of the essay "Aji" comes from a Japanese
meaning "lingering taste," a term used in the game of Go for apparently
dead playing pieces that suddenly regain life and influence. He applies
the concept to "the surprising reemergence of wilderness from the
landscape of Vermont."
with the Psalms:
A Reader's History," Elder reflects on his literary lineage beginning
the Bible's rich and beautiful 23rd Psalm, which inspired a love of
that grew into a broader passion for literature and an abiding interest
in nature writing.
the third essay
in the collection, describes the history of New England sugaring as the
Yankee farmers learned it from the Abenaki people. Together with his
he constructs a sugarhouse in the woods and reflects on the sweetness
life's seasons. "Weeks pass when winter has lost its grip but nothing
has taken its place," he writes. "Watching the temperatures' courtly
around the freezing line suddenly becomes exciting, however, when maple
syrup is the culmination. Amid the half-frozen, half-sodden fields and
the late snowstorms, the pulse of sap turns us towards the present's
In the final
pages of the book,
Scott Slovic contributes a biographical profile of Elder and
of the nature writer's published works.
by K.L. Evans. 162 pp. University
Minnesota Press, 2003
"If a lion
could talk, we could
not understand him." -- Ludwig Wittgenstein
work combines literary
criticism and philosophy in an attempt to show that Hermann Melville's
"Moby Dick" is more than an allegory about man's confrontation with
but rather a statement about and perhaps a prescription for connecting
with and comprehending the world.
of the whale is
not a property of the whale so much as a way for the people who involve
themselves with the whale to come to terms with it," Evans explains.
whale would survive without these terms, but the people wouldn't."
and Ludwig Wittgenstein's "Philosophical Investigations" to advance the
notion that to truly understand whaling, or any creature or activity
that matter, one must be immersed in the subject and vulnerable to its
aspect of the whale
is the concern of Moby Dick," Evans proclaims. Captain Ahab requires
participation of his public, the crew, to find his whale. "Once readers
are clear that they, too, should look in the direction of the whale,
can abandon the traffic in explication and put their minds to
what manner of creature they imagine themselves."
the Hidden Waters, by Charles
Bowden. 206 pp. University
of Texas Press, 2003
"The only time
we truly learn
something is when we are wrong, and so in the quarter-century since
book was published, I've been treated to a first-class education,"
Charles Bowden in the introduction to this new edition of his classic
of resource management and water consumption in the American West.
and scholarly book,
first published in 1977, suggested that water consumption in the West
be curbed by rising water rates and that resource scarcity would
limit the region's population growth. But just as consumers have
to higher gas prices by shifting to large gas-guzzling SUVs, the
culture seems determined to devour as much as it can as quickly as
"I think over
time this small
tract will prove accurate, regardless of my own misbegotten hopes in
past," Bowden explains. "And by this claim I mean that the finite
of resources will come increasingly into play and limit our ambitions
Focused on the
the book contrasts the European cultures of the last 150 years that
based their civilizations on the ability to "mine" the aquifers with
O'odham and Pima Indian cultures that have managed to live sustainably
in the Sonoran Desert with its unpredictable and rare water flows for
What will become of these cultures when the aquifers are finally
Will the Europeans pack up and move on as they have in the past?
Pond Lovers, by Gene Logsdon.
163 pp. University
of Georgia Press, 2003.
From his Ohio
farm in Upper Sandusky,
Gene Logsdon writes lovingly of ponds and the people who adore them.
affections are focused not on wild lakes or water holes, but on
and pasture ponds that slow erosion, recharge groundwater, provide
for waterfowl and recreation for humans.
Logsdon says he
started to write
this book as sort of instructional manual, but turned instead to
pond-loving people and their relationships to their ponds. This
his father and several close neighbors, as well as his personal
with the pond he constructed and maintains on his own land.
the full worth
of a pasture pond, I visualize it as part of the extended environment
the farm, which -- with the creek running through the lower pastures,
two vernal pools in the upper and lower woods, and the second pond I
to build between the first one and the creek -- becomes a watery
to the meadows and woods," Logsdon explains. "Such a farm can only
to increase in self-sustaining animal and plant species, powered and
almost totally by the sun. Here is all the paradise I desire, all the
Other Stories about Birders and Birding, by
Dunne. 136 pp. University
of Texas Press,
Many of the
essays in this collection
concern birds and birders in New Jersey, where Pete Dunne is the
of the Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Others are more
pieces about the mechanics of birding or the motivations of birders.
none of them are what you'd expect from a consultant to the prestigious
Peterson field guide series, that being accounts of birdwatching
to distant corners of the globe for a brief glimpse of a rare species
add to his Life List.
pieces have more to do with the act of birding and the people who
it than with the species and their habitats. While describing a
rainy bird walk, for instance, he reveals that he hates getting wet.
it in a way that makes the hydrophobia of cats look like the
of seals," he complains. "While others get to conduct their birding in
places like southeastern Arizona and southern California, I seem always
fated to forage in places like... Sitkagi Beach, coastal Alaska -- a
blotter that absorbs 160 incheas of rain, sleet, or snow a year
all three at once)."
essay, "Golden Wings,"
pays tribute to Dunne's mentor, the late birding legend Roger Tory
with a whimsical story about the famous birder's first day in heaven,
he gets his first set of wings. "He spread wings that would have put
well up in the record books," Dunne writes. "But though their length
breadth, and wonderful symmetry were impressive, what most delighted
was that when the underwings caught the radiance of heaven, they blazed
with yellow shafts of light. 'Just like the flock on Old Swede Hill,'
the Roots: American Nature
Writing Before Walden, edited
Michael P. Branch. 424 pp. University
of Georgia Press, 2004.
Branch, who specializes in environmental writings, compiled this
anthology of works pertaining to America's natural resources. His
publications include John
Muir's Last Journey, Reading
the Earth and The
Height of Our Mountains.
The writings in
this volume span
the better part of four centuries, from Christopher Columbus' log book
of the 1492-93 voyage to Fredrika Bremer's The
Homes of the
New World: Impressions
of America, published in 1853.
the earliest to the latest, the anthology's selections cover a wide
of styles, voices and authors of rhetorical nonfiction concerned with
science, the environment, and the idea of nature in America. While
American, African American and female writings are included in the
they are limited in comparison to those by the dominant white male
"The need to
restrict this book
to a length that allows publication as a single volume has made it
to omit scores of interesting and important early American writers
work engages the natural landscape," Branch explains. A Further Reading
section in the back of the book lists works by more than 100 writers
would have been included had space permitted.
leisurely visit to a great
library packed with volumes long out of print and rarely mentioned,
book offers readers many delightful surprises and unanticipated
An excellent reference for environmental historians and scholars,
it is also a fun read for general readers of natural history.
the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs and
Human Imagination, by Barbara
The Finzel and
of Maryland inspired the nine probing meditations on wetlands and their
relationships with mankind that fill this fine collection of nature
With a style
similar to Annie
Dillard, combining a naturalist's eye for detail with a poet's voice
a scholar's mind, Barbara Hurd examines murky regions shunned by most
scorned by many. "For centuries, so much in a swamp seemed useless --
thus muck and dead trees and algae -- and lack of function in our
means lack of value. What's it for? we want to know. What does it do?
can tick off their benefits on our fingers: they help control flooding
or they filter toxic watse, both of which have to do with our physical
and economic health," Hurd explains. "But what kind of cultural
will it take for us to freely say that we value this or that because it
is beautiful, because it nourishes the imagination, because it is good
for the soul?"
the essays in
this book are united by their moory matters, each one stands more or
alone as a separate outing in a muddy place with its own set of
and discoveries, from swamp gases and bog men to carnivorous plants and
rare turtles. Together they offer unusual entry into forbidding places.
with Turtles: A Memoir, by David
M. Carroll. 181 pp. Houghton
"I was alone
when I found the
first spotted turtle, and over the years I would need to be alone to
my greatest awareness of the turtles and their places and find my
sense of being there," writes nature writer David M. Carroll in this
memoir of a life obsessed with turtles. After spending much of his
eight years indoors,
earliest years in central
Pennsylvania He writes about his early encounters with turtles, which
to a lifelong fascination with them and their swampy habitats, and
the high school teacher who told him that, contrary to everything he
been taught before, art is the only thing that matters, the only thing
that lasts. During his years at art school in Boston, he got to know
turtles of the Fenway, including one giant snapper he wrestled to shore
and carried to his studio for a portrait session.
War Against The Beavers, by
Verena Andermatt Conley. 167 pp. University
of Minnesota Press, 2003.
familiar story: an urban
couple seeking to "get away from it all" purchases a cabin and a
acres of forest, naively expecting to find peace and serenity in their
private corner of the natural world. In this case, the author is a
emigre who grew up reading adventure stories about the American
and her husband is a native New Yorker and weekend outdoorsman. Their
from it all" was two aging cabins on an acreage bordering the Boundary
Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota
Andermatt Conley is an
unusual author for such a book, being a scholarly professor of French
and literature with texts like "Syncope:
The Philosophy of Rapture" to
her credit. Her life on the
edge of the
wilderness, though, was more nature study and attempted appreciation
"I never found
in the North Woods
the long-sought adventures of my childhood heroes Chief Winnetou and
Shatterhand," she writes. "I never found what I thought was the harmony
advocated by more modern writers. I discovered, however, that every
is fragile and that harmony is fleeting."
incoveniences and conflicts
inherent in rural life are impediments to the tranqulity Conley
to find. Wild beaver, hungry insects and irrepressible fungi challenge
and rebuff attempts at human control, teaching her a valuable lesson:
nature an unpredictable element would always reign."
a Nature Journal: Discover a
Whole New Way of Seeing the
You, by Clare Walker Leslie and Charles E. Roth. 224 pp. Storey
Unlike a diary,
which is primarily
an introspective account of personal history, the nature journal is an
outwardly directed record of natural history. Observations and
of nature and the emotional responses they inspire in the human
are its metier. Some nature journals are filled with bird lists and
charts; others include sketches, drawings or watercolor paintings.
photographs, newspaper clippings, musical notations and stories are as
appropriate to the genre as scientific record-keeping, mapping and
The key element is the focus -- looking outward into the world.
example, this large
and profusely illustrated guidebook provides "journaling" techniques to
encourage nature observation and recording-keeping in many forms.
in its approach and content, it's an exceptionally good tool for
and students of many fields, from botany and biology to creative
and sketching. The final chapters of the book are dedicated to teaching
situations and there's even a suggested scale for assessing nature
"My life work
has focused mostly
on training teachers and youth leaders in natural history and helping
basic environmental literacy among our citizens," write Charles Roth,
co-authored the text with Clare Walker Leslie. "Clare has stimulated
of people to begin keeping nature journals; we have even taught some
observation workshops jointly in the past. As a journalist I tend to be
more writer than artist; for Clare, it's just the reverse."
wonderful nature sketches
and artwork steal attention away from the textual elements in thise
and it's difficult to imagine any reader not being tempted to try at
a few of the drawing exercises. The second edition (2003) includes a
color portfolio of Leslie's work that almost any nature journalist will
want to emulate. Beside the drawings and the excerpts, often inserted
sidebars, are tips on setting up a nature study, keeping naturalist
conducting biological research or identifying plants and wildlife.
With Henry: Based on the Life
and Works of Henry David
Thomas Locker. 32 pp. Fulcrum
storybook for young readers follows the naturalist Henry David Thoreau
on a solitary journey through a 19th century wilderness that greatly
the Hudson River Valley. Along the way, we learn details about the
and fauna of Massachusetts, and about Thoreau's prescriptions for
in harmony with nature.
Locker creates luminescent landscapes to complement his spare and
text, which ably captures the essence of the Transcendalist and conveys
it to a new audience. The following lines, for example, succinctly
Thoreau's faith in wild nature's divine perfection:
Henry picked up his
too short or too
too thick or too
wilderness, it was
the way it should be.
Renaissance: Emerson, Thoreau,
and the Systems of Nature, by
McMurry. 288 pp. University of Georgia Press, 2003.
The author of
this work of ecocriticism
says his aim is to evoke a dialogue about how human societies make
of their environments, and their seeming inability to do otherwise.
our ecologically perilous times, how can we rhapsodize about nature and
pick at the finer points of aesthetics when the very infrastructure
which the natural world -- and our lives -- depends upon is being
and endangered? Are we smelling the roses while Rome burns?
seems to exude a confidence in environmental praxis we have never -- I
repeat, never -- earned: sustainability, conservation, renewability,
are the high-toned markers in this lexicon. Words like these might
one to suppose that a regime of positive environmental health actually
exists or is on the horizon. But despite what we may hear about the
state of the environment, on the scale that counts (the planetary one),
nothing is truly sustained, conserved, renewed, or cleaned up," Andrew
the planet's capacity to support life, is there anything that
can do besides conduct genteel, specialized conversations about the
and aesthetics of environmental literature? McMurry expresses his
but nevertheless produces a work that tracks literary apprehensions
the precariousness of the natural world and its uncertain future
the past century and a half in a manner not so gentle or exclusive.
theories of autopoesis and social systems, he seeks to recast the
philosophies of Thoreau and Emerson in a contemporary and potentially
challenging and erudite,
McMurry's call to arms pushes at the boundaries of environmental
and demands a criticism that's more relevant and effectual.
Earth: Field Notes in Poetry, by
John Caddy. 100
daily poetry journal,
published here as a collection of poems from September 4 through August
31, aims to inspire immitation. He encourages his readers to carry
notebooks out into the world and to make daily entries in prose, poetry
or whatever form the words decide to flow. "Writing is a physical act;
it is not a thought process," he points out. "Do not wait around for
Decide to write an entry a day, then do it. Decision is a way to gather
The poems in
were written during Caddy's "daily daybreak practice" and emailed to
around the world on his email distribution list who are interested in
he calls "Earth Journaling" -- writing about nature and sharing the
"without pause" because, he explains, "the elevated mystiuque around
poetry is a barrier to many who would like to write but have been sold
a lot of nonsense. So my daily emails are presented warts-and-all."