In Worth More Standing: Poets and Activists Pay Homage to Trees, celebrated poets and activists pay homage to the ghosts of lost forests and issue a rallying cry to protect remaining ancient giants and restore uncolonized spaces.
Themes of connection, ecology, grief, and protection are explored through poems about trees and forests written by an impressive number of influential poets, several of whom have attended the recent Fairy Creek blockades and still others who defended BC's old growth trees in Clayoquot Sound nearly 30 years ago.
Want To Touch The Sky?
of a young spruce
go about your life for twenty
or thirty years
on the needle bed
your finger print
on a cloud
a crow bends the tip of a four-storey pine
wind high in the pines—this morning’s rain still falling
standing and standing... deep-winter pines... my tongue gone dry
pines bent under snow—springs awaiting spring
finally sunlight wild from the swollen creek warms the inner pines
drifting spring clouds—one thousand greens in the pines, then a thousand more
almost back inside the dream—full moon pine shadows
“At the last judgement we shall all be trees” —Margaret Atwood
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This spring we've made it our mission (even more than usual) to celebrate new releases in the wake of cancelled launch parties, book festivals, and reading series. With 49th Shelf Launchpad, we're holding virtual launch parties here on our platform complete with witty banter, great insight, and short and snappy readings to give you a taste of the books on offer. You can request these books from your local library, get them as e-books or audio books, order them from your local indie bookseller if they're delivering, buy them direct from the publisher or from online retailers.
Today it's Earth Day, and we're launching A Forest in the City, by Andrea Curtis and Pierre Pratt, a book which "imagines a city draped in green."
The Elevator Pitch. Tell us about your book in a sentence.
It’s a lushly illustrated kids’ nonfiction picture book that looks at the many benefits trees bring to cities and the challenges they face growing in a harsh urban environment.
Describe your ideal reader.
Lives in a city and loves to dig in the soil, and roll in the gra …
A Forest in the City, by Andrea Curtis, illustrated by Pierre Pratt, is the first in Groundwood Books’ new series ThinkCities about sustainability and urban systems. It looks at how trees in the city help mitigate climate change and help us all stay healthy and well. Author Andrea Curtis marks its April publication with a list of books for young people about trees.
Trees and nature have provided balm for the stress and anxiety of our lives since, well, forever. But perhaps no more so than in the midst of this pandemic. There can be little that is more soothing than to inhale the smell of green things growing, to gaze up at the swaying branches of a forest and know that these giants persist despite it all. But when self isolation and physical distancing has got your family cooped up, the next best thing might just be reading picture books (fiction and nonfiction) about trees. Here’s a list of some standouts in the category.
The Night Gardener, by Terry Fan and Eric Fan
This fantastical and moving story of a topiary genius, who c …