Celebrate Earth Day

We have lots to celebrate this month in the library, not the least of which are National Poetry Month and Earth Day.  We’ve combined these themes with our Nature & Poetry book display.  Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson might jump to mind but there are so many others – explore these and more on the library’s upper level.


Today the white mist that is weather
is mixed with the sallow tint
of the mist that is smog.
And from it, through it, breathes
a vast whisper:
the mountain.





A slash of Blue –
A sweep of Gray –
Some scarlet patches on the way,
Compose an Evening Sky –
A little purple – slipped between –
Some Ruby Trousers hurried on –
A Wave of Gold –
A Bank of Day –
This just makes out the Morning Sky.



from A Noiseless Patient Spider

And you O my soul where you stand,
Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them,
Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold,
Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul.





from A Knowledge of Water

This desert was once an ocean teeming with fish.  I sit on the edge of its memory feeling the power of the sum.

The faded trail I follow is the way to the next water hold, not the shortest distance between two points.

Knowledge of water, not a compass, is what one needs in this desert.

Some fish found in the brackish water of these puddles dropped from the sky.



Unnatural Disasters 2013

This edition of Booklights honors Mitchell College’s commemoration of Earth Day in this 75th anniversary year of the institution’s founding, showcasing titles that challenge us to reflect on the impact of human activity on the Earth and its climate.  These and additional titles are on display in the Library.

On April 22, 2013, the Library will host a number of Earth Day events following outdoor opening ceremonies centered on the preservation of Mitchell Woods and Mitchell Beach.  View full press release.

Library programming will include student presentations and poster sessions, the dedication of an art work created for the Library by artist Diane Barcelo, and the opening of the Library’s Earth Day exhibit, Un/Natural Disasters, curated by Nadesha Mijoba of the Provenance Center in New London, CT.

By Barry A. Vann

Format: print

Book Review (National Science Teachers’ Association)

Publisher Description
As long as the human species has existed, men and women have had to contend with the unpredictable forces of nature. Geographer Barry A. Vann brings a unique perspective to this age-old struggle in this illuminating overview of human population shifts and their precarious relationship with climate change and geography…. Read more…

By Javier Sethness-Castro

Format: print

Excerpt from AK Press

Publisher Description
Imperiled Life theorizes an exit from the potentially terminal consequences of capital-induced climate change. It is a collection of reflections on the phenomenon of catastrophe—climatological, political, social—as well as on the possibilities of overcoming disaster…. Read more…

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