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In 2016 I’m doing a 365 Nature project. Learn more about the project and see all the 365 Nature posts.

A neighbor and friend had a grand opening for her new poetry book shop here in Seattle and I went to see what nature books I could find. I had already inquired about the new Faber Nature Poets series I’d been ogling for awhile and she had ordered them. I picked up the John Keats book, but unfortunately, the other one I really wanted, John Clare, was not available. With Keats in hand, I browsed for awhile to see what other nature poets I could find. I happened across a number of Wendell Berry books and picked up an illustrated Terrapin. I also found another series, Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets which had themed books and I grabbed Animal Poems and The Echoing Green; Poems of Fields, Meadows, and Grasses. The final book was recommended by the new shop owner as she’d heard good things about it and it was Black Nature; Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry.

The weather today is perfect for a book store grand opening and bringing books home. It’s cloudy, it rained overnight, and very windy today, the absolute perfect book weather. I’m looking forward to diving into these books.

I was trying to think of other poets who focused on nature poetry. Please let me know if you have a favorite in the comments.

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Kelly Brenner

Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of NATURE OBSCURA: A City’s Hidden Natural World from Mountaineers Books. She writes freelance articles about natural history and has bylines in Crosscut, Popular Science, National Wildlife Magazine and others. On the side she writes fiction. Kelly holds a bachelors degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in non-fiction writing from the University of Washington.

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