Earth-cool, and Dirty is a collection of nature poems for the Anthropocene.
Author Jacob Lee Bachinger is a student in the creative writing master of arts program in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
In the collection, he contemplates birds and animals, but also plastic bags snapping in too-high branches and yardwork at the end of autumn, and in the poem The Green Man for Dinner, an unexpected guest arrives for a strange reckoning and redemption.
The Snow Tells Its Story
The snow tells its story and tells it
slant across all
it touches: ditches, branches, sidewalks,
fast-filling crevices we did not know
were there, telling
its story of a blessing so white
it is a cold curse, falling
to the grey church,
editing the book of its masonry—
tough, grainy flakes changing
every chapter and verse.
About Jacob Lee Bachinger
Mr. Bachinger lives and works in southern Alberta on the edge of coulees and the Oldman River. He teaches at the University of Lethbridge and has had his poems published in The Fiddlehead, Prairie Fire, Riddle Fence and The Malahat Review, among others. He is currently working on a book about his time in Labrador. He lives in Lethbridge, Alta.
Earth-cool, and Dirty is published by Radiant Press and was released in October 2021.