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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for the Whole Planet, 10 Sep 2008
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LittleMoon (loving my life in the rain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Earth Shattering: ecopoems (Paperback)
Editor Neil Astley, founder of Bloodaxe, has created another rich anthology of poetry in this slightly oversized book "Earth Shattering".

In his own words this book includes poems that address "environmental destruction and ecological balance". From the Wilderness poets of ancient China, through the English Romantics to the contemporary voices of Native American Indians and Australian Aborigines, each poet is introduced and placed in context, along with examples of their work.

The anthology is an excellent introduction to ecopoetry, its issues, concerns and major players from around the world. For the casual reader, interested in poems about the environment and our relationship to it, this book is an absolute must-have. The poems are accessible and powerful commentaries on our current condition and warnings about our possible future.

This is one of those books of poetry that should be required reading for the whole planet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boundless poetry, 15 Dec 2008
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Dr. L. Murgatroyd (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Earth Shattering: ecopoems (Paperback)
A fabulous collection. Inspirational, challenging, compassionate and profound. The poems evoke a variety of natural beauty, wonder at how nature works and terrible thing that have been done to parts of the world.

As well as being deeply nurturing, the poetry in this collection has stirred me to deep questions about my own relation to the natural world, as well as to creative responses. I hope it is widely read and enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars E11 Eco: the core work for all of our performances, 28 Jan 2014
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D. Wellings "Flipside Vision" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Earth Shattering: ecopoems (Paperback)
E11 Eco is Transition Leytonstone's ecopoetry performance group. Back in July 2010, this wonderfully comprehensive anthology formed the basis of the group's maiden performance at the Leytonstone Festival. There are so many poems in it which gain tremendously from being performed with passion, as well as others which are best read silently, to oneself. It is an ongoing source of inspiration for me, and other members of E11 Eco, all of whom now own a copy. The book was also presented to the main prizewinner in our Transition Poetry competition!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astley does it again!, 21 Oct 2009
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This review is from: Earth Shattering: ecopoems (Paperback)
Neil Astley should be applauded for his efforts in bringing together is this collection some of the best poems on the subject. It is very revealing that there has been such concern and so much feeling about man's impact on nature for so many centuries.

Poems from China, Sweden, USA, Poland and most countries in between.

An excellent addition to Staying Alive, Being Alive and Do Not Go Gently.
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