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Urban Nature: Poems About Wildlife in the City

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Deep in the concrete canyons of even the largest cities, nature lurks. Its unpredictable energies animate not only squirrels and microorganisms, not only ginkgoes, roots, and rivers, but also the engines of human desire. Urban Nature captures the many faces of wildness in the city with poems by more than 130 emerging and recognized poets.Rather than just lamenting the loss ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 27th 2000 by Milkweed Editions
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Cheryl
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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(wnc) Reading slowly, savoring. Bosselaar's taste seems to match mine awfully well, at least so far, at about 1/2. For example, why have I never heard of Dana Gioia who created the marvelous phrase "promiscuous wind" before?
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I do want to point out, though, that not all of them have 'wildlife' in them. Very few encounters with raccoons & peregrines, actually. More like how a list of items seen includes a pigeon, or a carp, or a manzanita. Plenty of trees.

I also still wonder, about
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Rebecca Rolnick
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this for my Urban Literature of Nature class at ESF.
Scott Woods
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Having always mused over the matter of why so many poets write poems about nature when most modern poets live in cities (or at least in non-rural settings), it was refreshing to discover this book. It is a strong collection of poets mostly writing in their voices about their experiences (most importantly) as we suspect they truly are. A collection like this also allows for the inclusion of some creatures that don't always get their just due in nature poetry, like roaches, or old stand-bys in new ...more
Jacquie
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am working on an urban wildlife display for work and I really enjoy educating residents of urban areas about the wildlife they can find in their backyards. I expected this one to be a collection of fun poems about urban wildlife, and for the most part it was. But there were also a lot of whiny poems by city-dwellers who think nature is gross and people need to stop whining about urban sprawl. Bleh. I have zero time for people like that. Go read an ecology book and rid the world of your stupidi ...more
Lisa
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Overall a solid collection although I preferred the first two sections which focus on the human landscape and the personification of nature to the latter sections which deals directly with the natural environment and specific animals.
Mary Christine Delea
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Absolutely one of my favorite poetry anthologies!
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Laure-Anne Bosselaar grew up in Belgium, and moved to the United Statesin 1987. Fluent in four languages, she has also published poems in French and Flemish. She is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf (with an introduction by Charles Simic), and of Small Gods of Grief, which won the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry for 2001. Her third book, A New Hunger, was selected as an ALA Notable Boo ...more
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