HERE. THE HOOK. I turned around to have a look at you Eying the trail for a slick rock or root Or a glancing reflection of eyes in Puddles or through long-lobed leaves. Were we in high school? I mean You weren’t asking me out to an arcade —a play land—where kids went to lose … More Here. The Hook.
GONE SILENT The bunting struck the window. The impact erased his senses, knocked out his breath, snapped his neck. Blank black eyes reflect the sun’s radiating disc, a glint on the obsidian surface. Shimmering blue feathers will fade. His arias, once sung to a mate whose company he wanted nothing more than to keep for … More GONE SILENT
BUSINESS “We are open for business!” broadcast the bold letters, faux endorsements from these contemporary couples, overlooking an azure archipelago. If only it weren’t a plastic banner in Dayton, dog-whistling to coke boys, frackers, and banking bros. The brine merchants consider and smile. The aborted pregnancies from their flowback cocktails can stay off the balance … More Business. Another drafted poem in a set on #fracking
“Nature helps you to easily understand what’s bothering you and how to deal with it. It also helps to fill the void in your heart and helps when you feel lonely.” New research on the townships of South Africa shows something the wise and little children know: that people find “peace, calm, and perspective while … More Research from South Africa shows that when we are in the forest, the forest is in us. That’s a good thing.
Today, I’ll be giving a Lightning Talk with Dr. Paul Shrivastava* at Penn State’s Energy Days. Our talk is on Energy Transition. My remarks are below. My name’s Peter Buckland and I’m the chair of the Ferguson Township board of supervisors. Ferguson Township is just a couple of miles to our west here, population of … More FERGUSON TOWNSHIP’S COMMITMENT TO ACT ON THE MORAL DUTY TO DO ENERGY SO MUCH BETTER
In 2014, I co-organized a Memorial Day protest against former Governor Tom Corbett’s opening of state parks to the natural gas industry. I wrote this piece for a conference I attended the following fall as a reflection on environmental protest as a form of public moral education. It’s wonky at points, but heartfelt nonetheless. Given … More Reflecting on our decision to protest Tom Corbett’s fracking moves on Memorial Day 2014
DUSK AT THE PONDS IN MAY Here at the ponds, the peepers chirp hope in a gentle chorus under May’s sky turning from purple to black. Sans conductor they rejoice in the mud on the banks. I attune to their pulses that intone the limits of our anthropic tongues and scripts. Too few of us … More DUSK AT THE PONDS IN MAY