Art and Poetry for the Earth
In Nature Speaks, Deborah Kennedy’s captivating poetry and illustrations bring to life the profound bond between ourselves and the larger natural world. Kennedy focuses on the ecological themes of our time, infusing art and science with insight and passion. Her powerful poetry and earth-toned ink illustrations feature the elegance of birds and strength of redwood trees, appealing to the eye, the mind, and the heart. Nature Speaks invites us to listen to the earth—to appreciate nature’s grace, complexity, and vigor—as we move toward pathways for healing ourselves and the earth.
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Reviews / Endorsements
|“Each of the elegant poems in Nature Speaks provide a thoughtful pathway through the dense forest of cultural and ecological challenges we face as a species. Deborah Kennedy shows us how to artistically navigate our way with her beauty-making of words and images as we strive to live in harmony with Nature in these most critical of times. Stunning!” –Osprey Orielle Lake, sculptor, founder and president of Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus, author of Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature
“Nature Speaks offers us the vast and infinite world, our history, our earth, both gorgeous and dying. To read Deborah Kennedy’s Nature Speaks is like waking up from a dream to find that someone around us is wide awake. “What hole is deep enough to throw away the whole world?” the author asks in a searing poem, followed by a rich, echoing drawing. The art following each poem has a science illustrator’s detail and a visionary artist’s dream. In this work we find Enlightenment women, hawk moths, ancient goddesses, acorns, millions of prairie bison, melting sea ice, watersheds, pollinators, mass extinctions, plastics, breast milk, the solar system, egrets, turtle eggs, ancient footprints, tule grass, redwoods. Nature Speaks looks at the whole beautiful world, and refuses to look away from its suffering. “Dare to think,” we are reminded, and after reading this book, we do.” – Carolyn Brigit Flynn, author of Communion: Poems in Praise of the Sacred Earth
The clarity of the poetic voice in the author’s lines carry an intensity of feeling that communicates the subject’s vulnerability. The book offers a restless, analytical collection in which the forces of nature and science intertwine and often signal the acute precision of the analysis itself. It is a culmination of parts drawn together, weaving amongst earthy illustrations and an exquisite layout—pulling the reader even deeper into the narrative. The author’s work is both fascinating, thought-provoking, and soul-stirring. The book is haunting and powerful—an affectionate work of art, critical for reading during such a time as this.
US Review of Books
Congratulations Nature Speaks for the following awards!
Silver Nautilus Book Award, Winner Poetry
2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award, Grand Prize, Shortlist
2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award, Winner Poetry
2017 Green Book Festival, Second Place Poetry
2014 Meyer Memorial Contest, First Prize, Midi Category, Third Prize, Mini Category, Bay Area Poets Coalition, Berkeley, California