Why We Bird
SKU: 978-0-9899767-0-1

Why do we bird? Flight, Song, Color; Identfications; Games; Surprises; Conservation; Stories; Solace.
All proceeds to the Golden Gate Audubon Society
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Pilgrim on the John Muir Trail
SKU: 978-1-7331154-0-7

Pilgrims need to bring back what they found on their journey. Here is what I found on the John Muir Trail. All proceeds to the Sierra Club, San Francisco Bay Chapter.
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SKU: 978-1-7331154-2-1

Price: $7.99
A tanka prose collection that considers the way we are responding to the climate crisis. The industrial revolutionaries inadvertently over-heated the earth while improving the lives of its human inhabitants, improvements most of us are loathe to lose. To significantly reduce our social and individual carbon footprints, isn't a change in our psychological and spiritual perspective necessary?  All proceeds will benefit the Climate Emergency Fund. Purchase ebook from this website; purchase ebook or print book from an online seller.

David Rice delivers a climate-centric anthology of original pieces of poetry in his book, Sequelae. The compilation combines both prose and poetry verses which, for clarity, are not the same thing, and breathes life into the messaging. The book states that the formatting is inspired by tanka, the ancient art of Japanese syllabic poetry, but forgoes the hallmark thirty-one syllable structure of 5/7/5/7/7. The poems are instead a blend of the punchy characteristic five-line construction of tanka and the immunity of syllabic structure found in free-form poetry. Between poems, Rice provides narrative prose that expands the theme and provides more clarity than can be given in five lines. There is also visual art interspersed that has been created by Tex Buss.
As a woman who comes from an Asian family, my affinity for Asian poetry forms is probably greater than that of most more casual readers of poetry. I'm deeply familiar with tanka and the style it gave birth to that is more widely recognized; the haiku. Naturally, I picked up Sequelae by David Rice as soon as I saw it. It's not entirely what I was expecting or accustomed to but it is still incredibly good. The verses are beautifully and powerfully constructed, the narrative prose genuinely solidifies the message, and the artwork by Tex Buss pulls it all together wonderfully. My favorite poem in the book is Pre-TSD, which describes the devastation of climate-created fires that will inevitably come. I was born and raised in California and have witnessed firsthand the destruction of giant Redwoods that were born before the first European settlers landed in the Americas, and the trees that line the drive to Lake Tahoe being nothing more than charred skeletons of what they once were. Rice's words touched me in a profoundly painful way but being moved by poetry is the entire point of crafting it. Very highly recommended. Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers’ Favorite


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Tanka Quartets
SKU: 978-1-7331154-1-4

A responsive tanka book written with Autumn Noelle Hall. Western poets usually write alone in rooms of their own. We write differently when responding to another poet than when responding to our inner voices.
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The Grandfather Poems
SKU: 978-1-365-03528-9

"Rice's tanka are sensual, reflective, and whimsical . . . In The Grandfather Poems, [he] records moments of his grandchilden growing up: tying their own shoes, catching a ball, taking piano lessons. Each observation recalls memories of his own childhood, as well as the realization of aging: teaching/my grandson/how to bird/he hears the osprey/I can't. This is a collection that you will enjoy revisiting."---Margaret Chula, Past President, Tanka Society of America
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