Dear America

Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy
Trinity University Press
  • erschienen am 14. April 2020
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  • 423 Seiten
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America is at a crossroads. Conflicting political and social perspectives reflect a need to collectively define our moral imperatives, clarify cultural values, and inspire meaningful change. In that patriotic spirit, hundreds of writers, artists, scientists, and political and community leaders have come together since the 2016 presidential election to offer their impassioned letters to America, in a project envisioned by the online journal and collected in Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy.In the inaugural piece in's Letters to America series, Alison Hawthorne Deming writes, "Think of the great spirit of inventiveness the Earth calls forth after each major disturbance it suffers. Be artful, inventive, and just, my friends, but do not be silent." Joining Deming are renowned artists and thinkers including Seth Abramson, Ellen Bass, Jericho Brown, Francisco Cantú, Kurt Caswell, Victoria Chang, Camille T. Dungy, Tarfia Faizullah, Blas Falconer, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, David Gessner, Katrina Goldsaito, Kimiko Hahn, Brenda Hillman, Jane Hirshfield, Linda Hogan, Pam Houston, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Karen An-hwei Lee, Christopher Merrill, Kathryn Miles, Kathleen Dean Moore, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Naomi Shihab Nye, Elena Passarello, Dean Rader, Scott Russell Sanders, Lauret Savoy, Gary Soto, Pete Souza, Kim Stafford, Sandra Steingraber, Arthur Sze, Scott Warren, Debbie Weingarten, Christian Wiman, Robert Wrigley, and others.

Dear America reflects the evolution of a moral panic that has emerged in the nation. More importantly, it is a timely congress of the personal and the political, a clarion call to find common ground and conflict resolution, all with a particular focus on the environment, social justice, and climate change. The diverse collection features personal essays, narrative journalism, poetry, and visual art from more than 130 contributors-many pieces never before published-all literary reactions to the times we live in, with a focus on civic action and social change as we approach future elections. As Scott Minar writes, we must remain steadfast and look to the future: "Despair can bring us very low, or it can make us smarter and stronger than we have ever been before."
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978-1-59534-913-2 (9781595349132)

Derek Sheffield is the poetry editor of and a professor of English at Wenatchee Valley College. His poems have appeared in the Southern Review, Orion, Poetry, Georgia Review, and several anthologies, including The Ecopoetry Anthology and Environmental and Nature Writing. Winner of the James Hearst Poetry Prize, he has received fellowships from Artist Trust and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. He is the author of the poetry collections A Revised Account of the West, winner of Hazel Lipa Environmental Chapbook Award, and Through the Second Skin, a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. He lives in central Washington.
  • Intro
  • Introduction, by Simmons Buntin
  • Letter to America, by Alison Hawthore Deming
  • This Land Is (Still Our Land), by Ana Maria Spagna
  • From the End of the Road, by Erin Coughlin Hollowell
  • Americas, by Seth Abramson
  • Of Truth, Post-Truth, Alternative Facts, and Lies, by Gregory McNamee
  • I don't know how to write a letter to America, by Martha Silano
  • An American Song, by Ever Jones
  • November, Third Trimester, by Jennifer Case
  • It's Time to Teach My Daughter How, by Suzanne Frischkorn
  • My Mother's Vote, by Fenton Johnson
  • The Windigo, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Notes to America, by Taylor Brorby
  • Refinery, by Georgia Pearle
  • After the Election, by Amanda Hawkins
  • I Had Heard, by Brian Laidlaw
  • Latte Capitalism, by Deborah Thompson
  • Let Sleeping Wolves Lie, by Dana Sonnenschein
  • Lamentations, by Barbara Hurd
  • Swallows: Common yet Declining, by Catherine Staples
  • What Will Keep Us, by Derek Sheffield
  • In the Garden, by Todd Davis
  • A World Departs, by Sherwin Bitsui
  • Stone Age, by Andrea Cohen
  • She's Going to Be Beautiful, by Todd Boss
  • Assembly-Line Justice, by Francisco Cantu
  • History Kids, by David Hernandez
  • A President, a Travel Ban, and a Playdate, by Bob Ferguson
  • Red Sky, by Peggy Shumaker
  • The Earth Was Once Water, by Linda Hogan
  • 20,000 Pallets of Bottled Water, by Juan J. Morales
  • Virtually Uninhabited," by Scott Warren
  • Club, by Christian Wiman
  • Invitation to the NSA, by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Song for Long America, by Allison Hedge Coke
  • Dear America, Sanctuary of a Posthuman Exile, by Karen An-Hwei Lee
  • Aperture: A Photoless Photo Essay, by Traci Brimhall
  • Still Birding While Black, by J. Drew Lanham
  • The Red-Bellied Woodpecker's Tongue, by Ellen Bass
  • Come November, by Debra Marquart
  • The River between Us, by Kurt Caswell
  • Please Do Not Spit Everywhere, by Christopher Merrill
  • Our Climate Future, by Diana Liverman
  • Science under Fire, by Anita Desikan
  • Letter from a Concerned Scientist, by Jacob Carter
  • To Think Like a Mountain, by Sarah Inskeep
  • Whirling Disease, by R. T. Smith
  • An American Question, by Lauret Savoy
  • Duplex, by Jericho Brown
  • Left to Themselves They Tell Lies, by Amanda Gailey
  • Look at the Ways We Work upon Them, by Anne P. Beatty
  • First Picture Day in America, by Diana Babineau
  • Dear America/Dear Motherland: An Essay in Fractures, by Lee Ann Roripaugh
  • Not a Good German, by Sandra Steingraber
  • As American as Turning Your Back on the Flag, by Yelizaveta P. Renfro
  • Each One a Bright Light, by Lee Herrick
  • What You'd Want to Remember, by Miriam Marty Clark
  • The End of the Pier, by Allen Gee
  • Receiver, Achiever, Reliever, Believer, by Elena Passarello
  • Drowned and Reborn, by Jasmine Elizabeth Smith
  • To the First of Getting Longer Days, by Chris Dombrowski
  • Crayons, by Rhina P. Espaillat
  • American Studies, by Jose Angel Araguz
  • Somewhere I Have Never Traveled, by Robert Wrigley
  • The Woods and the Weeds, by Debbie Weingarten
  • Something Like Tenderness, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil
  • Fatherland, by Blas Falconer
  • No One Expects and Answer, by Erin Malone
  • The South, by Lesley Wheeler
  • To Occupant, by Colleen J. McElroy
  • Obit, by Victoria Chang
  • Titration, by Brenda Hillman
  • Sentinel, by Tod Marshall
  • In Case of Active Shooter, by Heather Ryan
  • My Country, 'Tis of Thee" (arranged for Brazen Bull), by Alexandra Teague
  • Reply All, by Sholeh Wolpe
  • Abracadabra, by Sandra Meek
  • Mortar Shells, Lunch, and Poetry, by Scott Minar
  • I Am the Witness: Accidents in a Time of Trump, by Jen Hirt
  • Poetic Justice, by Rob Carney
  • Spell to Be Said against Hatred, by Jane Hirshfield
  • Hasten to Understand, by Kathryn Miles
  • That Corpse You Planted in Your Garden, by Elizabeth Dodd
  • Reach, by Rose McLarney
  • In the Wake, by Anne Haven McDonnell
  • A Great Dawn Chorus, by Kathleen Dean Moore
  • Storm Season, by Laura-Gray Street
  • Closing Time, by Michael P. Branch
  • Shoes, by Nicole Walker
  • The Little Painter, by Joy Castro
  • In Which Twombly and Rader Consider the Letter, by Dean Rader
  • The Lacunose, by Ellen Welti
  • You Are Not the Only America, by Patri Hadad
  • Jeffersonian 2016, by John Gallaher
  • To Tell the Past from the Future, by Sarah Skeen
  • Of the Highest Character, by Pete Souza
  • Not of the Highest Character, by Pete Souza
  • Presidential Alert, by Kim Stafford
  • We Need to Talk, by John T. Price
  • #donaldcommanderintweet, by Richard Kenney
  • America: In Theory and Practice, by Andrew S. Yang
  • Fourteen Donalds, by Vince Gotera
  • Why I Am Not President: A Campaign Speech, by Dennis Held
  • I Go In, by Tarifia Faizullah
  • After His Election, I Make a Zen Garden, by Gary Soto
  • The World Is Large and Other Things You Thought You Knew, by Sean Hill
  • A Still Hopeful Geography, by David Gessner
  • New Names, by Joe Wilkins
  • Dear Milo, by Lawrence Lenhart
  • Geography Lessons, by B. J. Hollars
  • Begin Again, by Sandra Alcosser
  • Driftless, by Cherene Sherrard
  • Bridge, by Arthur Sze
  • The Elwha: A River and a Vision Restored, by Tim McNulty
  • Dear Dulce, by Jeremy Voigt
  • January 8, 2017, Antarctica, by Elizabeth Bradfield
  • Diversity: A Garden Allegory, by Camille T. Dungy
  • Hell Bent On, by Pam Houston
  • November 2016, a View from the National Zoo, by Deborah Fries
  • High-Dollar Papayas, by John Lane
  • Unfold Your Love, by Aisha Sabatini Sloan
  • Thoughts from an Empty Courtroom Following the Hung Jury of a Man Tried for Harboring Migrants, by Amy P. Knight
  • Letter to the Future President, by Steven and Sophie Church
  • Defying Hatred, by Scott Russell Sanders
  • Dear Soon-to-Be-Sprout, by Elizabeth Rush
  • The Augury, by Kimiko Hahn
  • July Fourth, by Catherine Venable Moore
  • Dear Katrina, by Katrina Goldsaito
  • Dinner with America, by Rick Bass
  • Acknowledgments and Credits
  • Contributors

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