Friday, December 11, 2015

You Too Can Depress Family, Friends, and Coworkers

by sharing my new book of eco-reality from Amazon, the publisher, or local bookseller. Thanks to Joseph O'Brien at the San Diego Reader for publishing three poems from Industrial Oz: Ecopoems. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! is doing an excellent job covering the meeting of over 190 nations at the Paris climate summit. The latest draft reminds me of the joke about a camel as a horse designed by a committee. It's obvious we need a binding agreement, and developed countries need to help poorer nations. These two things need to happen now.

Meanwhile, in the United States the fate of Earth's community of species decided in Paris is not very newsworthy.  I would hope the facts that over 12 million trees have died in the California drought, and that California is experiencing its worst drought in 1,200 years, would be enough to distract people from iPhones.  Maybe in dreams and nightmares they are, but these are forgotten by morning.

Still, seeds are being planted.  I recall Jakob Bohme wrote, "For according to the outward man, we are in this world, and according to the inward man, we are in the inward world.... Since then we are generated out of both worlds, we speak in two languages, and we must be understood also by two languages."  My book leads with this quote from Norman O. Brown's Love's BodyChapter 1, "Liberty,": "For the reality of politics, we must go to the poets, not to the politicians." 

Writing this blog post along the sea, I noticed roots taking back the street.  

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