My ASLE environmental booklist

Some of the books (and poets and websites) that have been mentioned in the sessions I’ve attended, or which I’ve acquired, or which I recommended to people….

Film/YouTube clips/Slides
A Farm for the Future (on YouTube, in 5 parts)
Being Caribou
Design for Disaster (SlideShare)
Flight Patterns (YouTube)
Upstream Battle


Poetry: Books
Kupinse, William – Fallow
Lang Day, Lucille – The Curvature of Blue
Munden, Paul, editor – Feeling the Pressure: Poetry & Science of Climate Change (anthology)
Oswald, Alice – Dart (book-length poem on the river Dart, in Devon)
Voros, Gyorgyi – Unwavering
Washington, Peter, editor – Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Poems About Food and Drink (anthology)

Poetry: Individual Poems
Bishop, Elizabeth – The Map
Doty, Mark – Description
Frost, Robert – Aquainted with the Night
Hughes, Ted – September Salmon
Hughes, Ted – Wolfwatching
Jeffers, Robinson – Night
Merwin, WS – Looking for Mushrooms at Sunrise
Neruda, Pablo – Ode to the fertility of the earth
Page, PK – Planet Earth
Scott, Duncan Campbell – Night Hymns on Lake Nipigon

Poetry: Poets
Loren Eiseley – poet and naturalist
Maggie O’Sullivan – recommended by Harriet Tarlo for her unusual engagement in the non-human world.

Prose: Books
Armstrong, Luanne – Blue Valley: An Ecological Memoir
Benstein, Jeremy – Way Into Judaism and the Environment
Berry, Thomas – The Dream of the Earth
Berry, Thomas & Swimme, Brian – The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era–A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos
Berry, Wendell – The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture
Bogard, Paul, editor – Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark
Coe, Sue – Dead Meat
Deakin, Roger – Waterlog
Franklin, Adrian – Animal Nation: The True Story of Animals and Australia
Galeano, Juan Carlos – Amazonie / Amazonia
Howard, Russell D., Forest, James J.F. & Moore, Joanne – Homeland Security and Terrorism: Readings and Interpretations
Hughes, Ted – Poetry in the Making
Irland, Basia – Water Library
Knechtel, John, editor – Food
Kohak, Erazim – The Embers and the Stars: A Philosophical Inquiry Into the Moral Sense of Nature
Laporte, Dominique – History of Shit
Lessing, Doris – The Grass is Singing
Menzel, Peter – Hungry Planet
Nabhan, Gary Paul Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods
Pears, Pauline & Kruger, Anna – Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
Pollan, Michael – Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education
Raymo, Chet – The Soul of the Night: An Astronomical Pilgrimage
Smiley, Jane – A Thousand Acres
Vileisis, Ann – Kitchen Literacy: How we lost knowledge of where food comes from and why we need to get it back
White, Richard – The Organic Machine: The Making of the Columbia River

Prose: Individual Essays/Articles
Barcott, Bruce – Kill the Cat that Kills the Bird
Berry, Wendell – The Pleasures of Eating
Diamond, Jared – The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race
Steinbeck, John – The Harvest Gypsies
Thoreau, Henry David – The Bean-Field

International Dark-Sky Association: non-profit member organization that teaches others how to preserve the night sky through factsheets, law references, pictures, and web resources.
Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP): Information on how light pollution affects birds, and what steps must be taken to save the lives of birds by reducing lighting
The Organic Center – Peer-reviewed scientific studies on the benefits of organic farming.

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