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An Author Asks: 'Can Poetry Save The Earth?'

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An Author Asks: 'Can Poetry Save The Earth?'

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An Author Asks: 'Can Poetry Save The Earth?'

An Author Asks: 'Can Poetry Save The Earth?'

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"If poems touch our full humanness, can they quicken awareness and bolster respect for this ravaged resilient earth we live on?" writes John Felstiner in Can Poetry Save the Earth? Linda A. Cicero/Stanford News Service hide caption

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In his new book, Can Poetry Save the Earth?, Stanford professor John Felstiner presents poetry from dozens of English and American writers who have spoken passionately to — and for — the natural world.

We issued Felstiner a challenge: Pick just one poem that could save the world, if everyone were to read it. He chose "The Well Rising" — and couldn't help but pick some runners-up; two are featured below.

'The Well Rising'

'Anacostia River'

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