“A rich, refreshing, and much-needed collection.” ~ISLE

Facing the Change (Torrey House Press, 2013) is a unique multi-genre literary anthology that explores the personal, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of climate change. This website features selected poems and essays from the book for online reading, both to illustrate the scope and texture of the anthology and to be savored and pondered on their own. The full Table of Contents is given below, with asterisks indicated the selections available on this website; click on a starred title to read, or to just start reading click here (and use the “next page” links at the bottom of each selection to move forward). For more information about the print anthology, go to “About the Book” or click on the cover. And please feel free to share these offerings with your friends, family, and colleagues—even, perhaps especially, with people with whom you disagree about global warming. Please join us in Facing the Change!

“An important and often moving contribution.”  ~World Literature Today 

Table of Contents

*Introduction / Steven Pavlos Holmes, Massachusetts

Part I: Observations
Chapter 1. Strangely Warmed
About the Weather / Harry Smith, Maine
Snowshoe Hare / Roxana Robinson, Maine
On the Eve of the Invasion of Iraq / Todd Davis, Pennsylvania
Be Prepared to Evacuate / Tara L. Masih, Massachusetts
Weather Weirding, 2012 / Barbara Crooker, Pennsylvania
*A Guest in the House / Paul Sohar, New Jersey
The Things We Say When We Say Goodbye / Alan Davis, Minnesota

Chapter 2. Species Out of Joint
*Search / Margarita Engle, California
To Wit, to Woo / Kathryn Miles, Maine
Winter Visions / Paul Sohar, New Jersey
*Trees of Fire and Rust / Margaret Hammitt-McDonald, Oregon
*Burning to Zero / Carla A. Wise, Oregon
A Jungle for My Backyard / Golda Mowe, Malaysia

Chapter 3. Bearing Witness
Edged off Existence / Audrey Schulman, Massachusetts
Ursus Maritimus Horribilis / Diane Gage, California
Thin Line Between / Marybeth Holleman, Alaska
Polar Bears / J. R. Solonche, New York

Part II: Generations
Chapter 4. The Gifts We’re Giving Our Children
*Learning Their Names as They Go / Kristin Berger, Oregon
The Darkness / Lilace Mellin Guignard, Pennsylvania
The Innocence of Ice / Jamie Sweitzer Brandstadter, Pennsylvania
Annapolis Bus Ride / Julie Dunlap, Maryland
The Last Days / Dane Cervine, California

Chapter 5. Future Imperfect
*The Last Snow in Abilene / Benjamin Morris, Mississippi
Blue Sky / Penny Harter, New Jersey
After / Jo Salas, New York
First Day at School / Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Kentucky
A Small Sedition / Ellen Bihler, New Jersey
Tiny Black Rocks / Rachel M. Augustine, New York

Part III: Revolutions
Chapter 6. Twistings
Late Night News / Malaika King Albrecht, North Carolina
*The Wind / Jim O’Donnell, New Mexico
A Shocking Admission of Heroic Fantasy / Jill Riddell, Illinois
The Watcher / Susan Palmer, Colorado
Hopeless for Today / Helen Sanchez, Montana
Wrath of Human upon Gaia / Quynh Nguyen, Florida

Chapter 7. Turnings
Strand Sonnets / Kathryn Kirkpatrick, North Carolina
*Beyond Denial / Willow Fagan, Michigan
Glooscap Makes America Known to the Europeans / Sydney Landon Plum, Massachusetts
Credo / Charlie Krause, Maine
Doing Work, Causing Change / Monica Woelfel, California
How to Be a Climate Hero / Audrey Schulman, Massachusetts

The Lucky Ones / Penny Harter, New Jersey
*The Angels Are Rebelling / Barbara Crooker, Pennsylvania

About the Authors

“This is a beautiful book to keep near, open at random, and share the words of gifted writers as they prepare for the coming changes.” ~ Publisher’s Weekly

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    1. No, it’s about the unexplained irruptions of owls in the North Woods in the past 10 years, and what those irruptions – and the difficulties in explaining them – might mean for our understanding of the changes taking place in the natural world. The title comes from a common transcription of the sound of the owl’s call – often given as “tu-whit, tu-woo” – which Miles plays with in developing her ideas: “Perhaps this dark unknowability has been why the mythic role of the owl continues to woo us with the implicit wit in its call.”


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