Category Archives: Creativity

April on Bainbridge: Planning, Politics, and Poetry

Jon Quitslund Forget April in Paris!  There’s lots to do close to home.  Spring in the air . . . but as Groucho Marx said to Margaret Dumont, If I sprung in the air I’d fall in the lake! April … Continue reading

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“NO on KXL”: Does This Change Anything?

Jon Quitslund In the days since President Obama announced that he was, at long last, nixing the KXL pipeline, stories about the decision have had prominent places in the news cycle, and my email inbox has been crowded with messages … Continue reading

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Lines for the Summer Solstice, 2015

Jon Quitslund Lines for the Summer Solstice, 2015 The sun stands still, Our heads are spinning; We’re in the middle of a long emergency. O father sun, enlighten us. The human heart is a dark place, The human world, the … Continue reading

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Riffing on Themes from “The Sixth Extinction”

Jon Quitslund Elizabeth Kolbert’s book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, published in 2014 and already available in paperback (New York: Picador, USD $16), has been celebrated among the best books of 2014.  It’s a serious and intellectually daunting work … Continue reading

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What is Ecopoetry (Reviewing a New Anthology)

Jon Quitslund The Ecopoetry Anthology, ed. Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street (San Antonio, TX: Trinity University Press, 2013), $24.95. The term ‘ecopoetry’ has achieved currency among writers and readers only within the last ten years, but the kind of poetry … Continue reading

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The Importance of PLACE, and a “Sense of Place”

Jon Quitslund T. S. Eliot, the ‘old possum,’ was being ironic and provocative when he called April “the cruellest month,” but that remark, along with Chaucer’s accolades to April in the opening lines of his Canterbury Tales, must have something … Continue reading

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Adapting to Our New Economic Reality

Jon Quitslund Reviewing Richard Heinberg, The End of Growth; Adapting to Our New Economic Reality (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2011), $17.95. I’ll begin with a quotation: “The only efforts that will aid in the long run are those … Continue reading

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Individuality vs. Individualism

Jon Quitslund The two terms in my title may look very much alike, but the similarity is only skin deep.  I believe that in our culture today, individuality is best achieved and enjoyed by rejecting the tenets of Individualism as … Continue reading

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