Amidst the current deluge of statistics about global warming, this book provides a refreshing look at how individuals are affected. The contributors, a mix of poets and essayists, concentrate on small changes in nature, as well as the ways they cope with the immensity of the problem. Some describe concrete changes such as hanging laundry out to dry or splitting wood; others relay deeper reactions. For example, Willow Fagan writes in “Beyond Denial” that she finds comfort in the belief that “there is an order so much vaster…than we can comprehend, which nothing we do can threaten.” There are personal accounts of real events; an encounter with a starving bear, and parents trying to teach children about ecology without giving them nightmares. Contributors also look toward the future, in the poem “Florida,” Quynh Nguyen’s writes, “I want to apologize for my actions before I leave.” This is a beautiful book to keep near, open at random, and share the words of gifted writers as they prepare for the coming changes. -Publisher’s Weekly
4.2 rating based on 21 ratings (all editions)
Author(s): Publisher: Torrey House Press
"Steven Pavlos Holmes offers a rich, refreshing, and much-needed collection of personal responses to climate change. Though the volume is slender, its selections of poetry and prose—written over the past ten years by a variety of mostly lesser–known authors—provide a tonal and emotional diversity that makes the collection accessible."
"One puts down this book…with a real sense of hope for the future. It is also a book worth dipping into from time to time, yielding enough variety to sustain a re–reading, enough urgency in its many voices to remind us why we need to act, and enough wisdom in its insights to persuade us that we can each make a difference."
— GREEN LETTERS: STUDIES IN ECOCRITICISM
"Amidst the current deluge of statistics about global warming, this book provides a refreshing look at how individuals are affected. This is a beautiful book to keep near, open at random, and share the words of gifted writers as they prepare for the coming changes."
— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Holmes, a scholar in environmental humanities, has assembled a rich, varied collection of personal accounts and poems...An artistic and intimate approach to the problem that humanizes our concerns."
"Steven Holmes has gathered compelling testimonies about the ways our earthly home is changing in the short space of our own lifetimes. They beg us to pay attention and act. We are wise to heed these passionate voices.”
—CHIP WARD, author of Hope's Horizon
"These earnest and heartfelt poems, essays, and imaginings change our discourse from data to personal testimony, channeling ‘care and concern.’ Maybe, just maybe, these authors who call us to ‘unheroic’ action ‘on life’s behalf’ will steer us away from tragedy and chaos. ‘Emerging from denial is like moving from blindness to light.’ As the refrain from one writer puts it, ‘Good Lord! Good luck!'"
—STEPHEN TRIMBLE, author of Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America
"Facing the Change shares the stories of some of the many people in the US and the world who are already witnessing climate change here and now. They are giving us early warning signs; it's up to all of us to act now."
—MAE BOEVE, executive director of 350.org
"Facing the Change registers the impact of climate destabilization, not only on the sky above us and the earth beneath our feet, but also within our hearts. The voices in this eloquent and original book convey the dread and grief, the anger, but also the experiences of love and community that are intensified by the defining ecological challenge of our time."
—JOHN ELDER, author of Reading the Mountains of Home, editor of The Norton Book of Nature
"These eloquent stories, essays, and poems by scores of 'emotional and cultural first responders' to the effects of climate change are sure to deliver a powerful wake-up call to anyone who has supposed that nothing an individual person can say or do will affect this impending disaster."
—LAWRENCE BUELL, author of The Environmental Imagination
"...the contributors to Facing the Change have begun to reveal the experiential heart of a planetary process. This is a truly important project."
—SCOTT SLOVIC, editor of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment