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Bearshit on The Trail – Essential Poems of Earth First!

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A 477 page anthology based on poems published in the Earth First! Journal from 1980 to 2020.

“The anthology, edited by Dennis Fitzinger, provides a perspective — often intimate, often fierce and primal — into the psyches (visions, dreams, and nightmares) of EarthFirsters – as well as into their direct and immediate encounters with the wild and each other. In this way it documents their history, their roots, and their motivations – often with hints of their ‘direct actions.’

This collection of “essential poems” — and visions – captures a four-decade movement in amber. Or perhaps a better metaphor for the preservative would be the juniper-berry-derived urine of the bushy-tailed woodrat (the myth-worthy pack rat) who builds its artifact-laden middens lasting thousands of years in the high desert. May these visions not have been in vain.” –Bill Yake


Mary de La Valette – Rapture

Come away
With me
To the real world.

To the wind
Sighing for love
Of the red-tailed hawk.
To the tall fir
Reaching unrequited
For a luminous moon.
To the marsh grasses
Softly rippling
To the ocean’s pulse.

Come with me
To the forest’s heart
Where the green tapestry
Starred with jewelled birds
And fragrant flowers
Enters the blood
And calls you home.

And come with me
To the black pond’s night
To the pulsing voice
Of a thousand dark, silk frogs
Singing a latticework skyward.

And stay with me
When high summer
Enfolds the Earth
In passion’s heat
And the earthblood runs swift
And urgent
And life is the message,
The meaning
And all that has ever mattered
Or will ever matter.

Mary de La Valette
May 1, 1994 Earth First!

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